A valuable perspective,
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This review is from: In Ishmael's House (Kindle Edition)
This is a compelling account of the mixed fortunes of the Jewish communities in lands that became engulfed in the complex world of Islam. It brings home the size of these communities and the remarkable contributions that they made to the countries that, with justification, especially where their residence preceded the advent of the Islamic faith, they regarded as their homes. The climax is reached with the twentieth century story of the emergence of the state of Israel, prompting expulsions that in scale were more than comparable to the exodus of Palestinian refugees. This should be required reading for anyone seeking a balanced understanding of the issues arising from the events of 1948 and subsequent years.
It is a pity that this edition does not contain the illustrations that the author has gathered.