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The Jews of Islam (Princeton Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Lewis , Mark R. Cohen

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"An elegant and masterly survey. It is a measure of Mr. Lewis's gift for synthesis that all the many findings of recent sholarship, including his own in the Turkish archives, are made to fit into a coherent and plausible pattern."--New York Times Book Review



"Lewis refuses . . . simplistic approaches and tries to explain the complex and often contradictory history of Jewish-Muslim relations over fourteen hundred years. He does this in prose that combines eloquence, dispassion, and wit."--Norman A. Stillman, New York Review of Books



"[A] pioneering and masterful primer."--Jacob Neusner, Boston Globe

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This landmark book probes Muslims’ attitudes toward Jews and Judaism as a special case of their view of other religious minorities in predominantly Muslim societies. With authority, sympathy and wit, Bernard Lewis demolishes two competing stereotypes: the Islamophobic picture of the fanatical Muslim warrior, sword in one hand and Qur’ān in the other, and the overly romanticized depiction of Muslim societies as interfaith utopias.

Featuring a new introduction by Mark R. Cohen, this Princeton Classics edition sets the Judaeo-Islamic tradition against a vivid background of Jewish and Islamic history. For those wishing a concise overview of the long period of Jewish-Muslim relations, The Jews of Islam remains an essential starting point.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4022 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Updated edition with a New Introduction edition (28 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KOYA3EK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening History of Jewish-Islamic Relations 8 Dec 2014
By Kay C. White - Published on Amazon.com
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A remarkable and surprising history. Describes the changing relations between Islam and other religions throughout the ages, sometimes quite friendly and even protective--always treating Jews as a lower caste, but sometmes providing them powerful roles in the society otherwise deemed unworthy of Muslims. Handling finances even at the highest levels was sometiomes placed in Jewish hands. Other times the treatment was awful. Turkey is particularly interesting both for its periods of tolerance and intolerance, with the factors leading to these results explained..
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