A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to by Abdelwahab Meddeb, Benjamin Stora

By Abdelwahab Meddeb, Benjamin Stora

This is the 1st encyclopedic consultant to the heritage of relatives among Jews and Muslims all over the world from the beginning of Islam to at the present time. Richly illustrated and fantastically produced, the booklet positive factors greater than a hundred and fifty authoritative and available articles by way of a global workforce of best specialists in historical past, politics, literature, anthropology, and philosophy. geared up thematically and chronologically, this essential reference presents severe evidence and balanced context for better old figuring out and a extra expert discussion among Jews and Muslims.

Part I covers the medieval interval; half II, the early sleek interval in the course of the 19th century, within the Ottoman Empire, Africa, Asia, and Europe; half III, the 20 th century, together with the exile of Jews from the Muslim global, Jews and Muslims in Israel, and Jewish-Muslim politics; and half IV, intersections among Jewish and Muslim origins, philosophy, scholarship, paintings, ritual, and ideology. the most articles deal with significant subject matters similar to the Jews of Arabia on the starting place of Islam; precise profiles hide vital members and areas; and excerpts from fundamental assets supply modern perspectives on old events.

Contributors comprise Mark R. Cohen, Alain Dieckhoff, Michael Laskier, Vera Moreen, Gordon D. Newby, Marina Rustow, Daniel Schroeter, Kirsten Schulze, Mark Tessler, John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein, and plenty of more.

  • Covers the background of kinfolk among Jews and Muslims around the globe from the start of Islam to today
  • Written by means of a global crew of best scholars
  • Features in-depth articles on social, political, and cultural history
  • Includes profiles of vital humans (Eliyahu Capsali, Joseph Nasi, Mohammed V, Martin Buber, Anwar Sadat and Menachem start, Edward stated, Messali Hadj, Mahmoud Darwish) and locations (Jerusalem, Alexandria, Baghdad)
  • Presents passages from crucial records of every old interval, resembling the Cairo Geniza, Al-Sira, and Judeo-Persian illuminated manuscripts
  • Richly illustrated with greater than 250 photos, together with maps and colour photographs
  • Includes broad cross-references, bibliographies, and an index

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One does not have to 49 • The Emergence of Islam assume, as earlier scholars have done, that Muhammad “borrowed” from Judaism, but the development of Islam within a strongly Jewish milieu still reverberates in the early Islamic sources. 1. Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani, Kitab al-Aghani (Cairo: Bulaq edition reprint, 1970), 19:94–98. This Islamic tradition conflates two biblical episodes: the first war against the Amalekites, when the latter attacked the Israelites just after the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 17:8–16), and the second war against the Amalekites, commanded by God to King Saul through the prophet Samuel.

In the Middle Ages, tolerance, in the modern, liberal meaning of full equality, was not considered to be a virtue to be emulated. Monotheistic religions were by nature mutually intolerant. Adherents of the religion in power considered it their right and duty to treat the others as inferiors rejected by God, and, in extreme cases, to treat them harshly, even to encourage them (in some cases by force) to abandon their faith in favor of the faith of the rulers. Though the religious minorities (Jews living under Christian rule; Jews and Christians living under Muslim rule) were hardly happy with their second-class status and legal inferiority, let alone the occasional persecutions, for the most part they accepted their inequality and subordination with resignation.

61-63. 24 Muhammad’s move, known as the Hijra, marked the beginning of Muhammad’s assertion of public authority and Islam as a political entity. Much of the story of this move is shrouded in hagiographic myth, such as Muhammad’s being saved from the pursuing Meccan tribesmen by a spider weaving a web over the mouth of a cave in which he was hiding (this too has a parallel in rabbinical lore, which tells the same thing about David fleeing the wrath of a mad King Saul); nevertheless, early Islamic sources preserve a version of an agreement between Muhammad and the Jews of Medina that reflects the establishment of a new political order.

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