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The Jews of Islam (Princeton Classics) by [Lewis, Bernard]
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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"

About the Author

Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, a long-term member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the author of numerous works on the Middle East. Mark R. Cohen is the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor Emeritus of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Updated edition with a New Introduction edition (28 Sept. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9723acb4) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x950c07ec) 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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HASH(0x94d46900) out of 5 stars Easy reading with great detail which holds one's interest 17 Feb. 2016
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Easy reading with great detail which holds one's interest. Suggest having the book's TIMELINE in front of you while reading.
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HASH(0x9505c81c) out of 5 stars Excellent Explanation of a Complicated Subject 9 Sept. 2015
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I am still reading this complicated and powerful book. I am NOT a scholar so disentangling the World of Ancient Islam with the practices of both its religion(s) and government(s) and also evolving Jewish ways of coping, is a slow procedure for me. I am also reading, at the same time a book on Medieval Art and the first image creations in that time of what a "Jew" looked like. It too is an education for me. Both books intertwine informationally in certain places and disagree in other areas. I am fascinated by the lessons I am learning from The Jews of Islam and the Dark Mirror:The Medieval Originsof AntiJewish Iconography by Janet Lipton. Bernard Lewis was recommended to me by a scholar in the field of Central Asia and Turkey. Lewis's work is fascinating, especially since I am both Jewish and an contemporary art consultant. I recommend this book to those who have a better background in Islam than I do or to people like myself who want to understand the history of the groups and how they might relate to today's world.
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HASH(0x94b24c54) out of 5 stars Very Good 24 Mar. 2016
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Very informative. Written as if sitting in Professor Lewis' class.
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