Ahl Al-Kitab ("People of the Book," in Arabic)
AHL AL-KITAB ("People of the Book," in Arabic)
Arab term used to designate those who practice a revealed religion (Judaism, Christianity, and later Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, and even Buddhism) and who are accorded the status of dhimmi in a Muslim country. Christians and Jews enjoy a certain reciprocal respect, in the sense that each possesses a portion of the truth to which the three monotheistic religions lay claim.
SEE ALSO Dhimmi.