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Peace Be Upon You: Fourteen Centuries of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Conflict and Cooperation Paperback – March 11, 2008
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This book succeeds best as an objective account of the turbulent history of the Abrahamic religions over the past 1,400 years. It examines the potent effects of religion on the social, political, and economic fabric of the times as a succession of influential patriarchs or local, self-appointed charismatic leaders adjusted belief systems and popular perceptions to accommodate their agendas within and among the three religions. Hardly surprising, in this age of 'future shock' propelled by technological advances in communications and the management of information, we are witnessing these same machinations in overdrive today.
This is a well-researched book with generous notes and bibliography. The author ostensibly has no axe to grind, which frees this book from the usual polemics found in many books on religion. Although it's not written in a strictly chronological manner, the book maintains historical continuity.
If you are first a thinker then a believer, in search of the lessons of the past to better understand the present, "Peace be Upon You" is a recommended read.
In the introduction, Karabell states that "... the pages that follow present stories of both conflict and corporation." As a survey, it is necessary to focus only on the highlights of the era. The issue becomes deciding which events merit representing that era and here seeps the narrator's bias. Karabell's bias minimizes the role of religious doctrine as a driver for violence, and this view may be regarded as understating the rational for conflict in some eras.
The work explores primarily Muslim societies for examples of co-existence. This may be due to its scope. Examples are non-Muslim societies, where religious tolerance was the norm, are not given much exposure. Hence, the Norman king Roger II is not given a lot of exposure.
Civil society is composed of non-governmental organizations. These organizations have molded their respective society's outlook and in turn shaped official policies. In understanding religious tolerance, this aspect needs to be more fully explored. While there are some examples (such as the Order of Cluny), the influence of the Ottoman guilds or contemporary NGOs (such as AKDN) is not thoroughly explored.
Peace Be Upon You seems to have two objectives.Read more ›
Diane C. Donovan
Assuming the reader has a rough idea of Christian and Jewish history, Karabell focuses on the evolution of Muslim relations with Jews and Christians. He also centers on the Near East-Mediterranean zone where the three religions have mixed together longest. This basically leaves out the history of Islam eastwards of Iraq.
The book highlights many cases of mutual influence and learning between the three religions. It shows how their relations have usually involved shared benefits, even during the recent colonial period, where mainly Christian nations conquered almost all the Muslim world.
--author of Correcting Jesus
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This book is quite timely and provides a casual reader with the proper perspective to understand current events.
It has a good mix of history and opinion
Zachary Karabell's book "Peace Be Upon You" is a beautifully written book which outlines the history and the relationship of Islam to Judaism and Christianity. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bruce E. McLeod Jr.
Balanced and unbiased, thorough, comprehensive and well written.Published 10 months ago by Gary Hoffman
Maybe its where I'm at right now, but I couldn't finish the book.(Sorry)Published 13 months ago by marlen black
I came to this book because it was quoted in a column by Fareed Zakaria. I am glad I did. Although I have long been interested in history of the region, I must admit that I was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Santa Barbara Yann