Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Arab World: The Roots of Sectarianism (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) Hardcover – 6 Aug 2001
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'… this book is extremely well written … It deserves a wide audience.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
'This extremely well-researched and insightful book is of great interest not only to academics, but also to a wider readership eager to understand the present turmoil in the former provinces of the Ottoman Empire and to imagine solutions to their crises.' Middle Eastern Studies
'The richness of the book in terms of scope, its careful argument in the interpretation of individual events and actions, based on primary source material of various kinds, and the well organized synthesis of numerous divergent strains, offer more than a unified new key to the sectarian violence of the 19th century. It will certainly become an important assignment in graduate and undergraduate courses on the Arab World in Ottoman times, and on minorities in the Middle East in general.' JESHO
'… a valuable contribution to our understanding of the relationship of religion, identity, and politics in the Arab Middle East.' Rebecca Bryant, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Masters explores the evolution of Christian and Jewish communities in the Ottoman empire over four hundred years. Early communities lived with the hierarchy of Muslim law, but the nineteenth century marked the beginning of tensions between Muslims and Christians and the twentieth-century rhetoric of religious fundamentalism.See all Product Description
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My only reservation is that the title is a bit misleading,as the author concentrates his attention mainly on the Syrian Christians and the Jews of Baghdad ,with minimal cover of the Copts of Egypt and the Iraqi Christians. In fact a large part of the book deals with the Christian commercial elites of Aleppo , a great commercial centre in the 17-18 Centuries.