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4.0 out of 5 stars A different story today, February 2, 2005
This review is from: The Jews of Islam (Princeton Paperbacks) (Paperback)
How the world changes in a very short time! I am certain that had Bernard Lewis written this work today its emphasis and message would be slightly different. The Islamic today has been infested with a vicious kind of anti- Semitism which it learned in part from Nazi Europe. It has developed a kind of ideological hatred of Jews which there as Lewis indicates have been signs of in Islamic history but which did not generally become the dominant note in most societies. The inferior dhimmi status accorded the Jews allowed them to for long periods of time live in relative peace in many Muslim lands. As Lewis indicates they were never truly given equal status, and Islamic society retains always the dominance of Muslims, but they at least could go about their business fairly well. Now it is all changed. The Islamic world is doing its best to be Judenrein. Its way of speaking about Jews and acting toward them (The hatred demonization hystical suicide- bombing, the sheer murderousness)come from a very dark place in the human soul. Lewis in his recent books has I believe been a bit more critical, emphasized a bit more these negative signs in Islam which unfortunately have become dominant today.
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Initial post: May 23, 2007 10:22:30 PM PDT
The hatred that you perceive is not in Islam, but in Muslims and Arabs in general. Islam does in fact teach tolerance, and the prophet Muhammad, who had extensive contact with Jews, was never hostile towards them. I think the hostility you refer to came about with the establishment of Israel. Many feel that Israel treats Palestinians unfairly: I hear this from Arabs, Christian and Muslim, all the time. As a Muslim, I condemn hatred and violence against any people. I have always identified with Jews more than with Christians, seeing that our religions are so similar. If more of us realized these similarities, perhaps we could learn to tolerate one another and live together peacefully.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 8:48:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2008 8:50:33 AM PDT
M. Marker says:
Comment %100 right. Zionism and it's State of Israel made millions of arabs and Muslims for Jewish enemies like never before. This review therefore is unrelated to topics discussed it Lewis' work.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2009 9:15:56 AM PDT
gabriela says:
"the prophet Muhammad, who had extensive contact with Jews, was never hostile towards them"

so you don't consider the fact that Muhammad slaughtered 600-800 Jews as hostile?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2010 6:51:53 AM PDT
How would a traitor be treated in today's best society America? Even though most states abhor the death penalty, the punishment of a traitor is still the death penalty. So tell me Gabriela, what is the context with which the Jews were "slaughtered"? They promised to side with the Muslims in Medina when they were being attacked by the Meccans but then they were double dealing because they were supporting the Meccans and giving away information. Wouldn't that be considered treachery? Wouldn't it be fair of you if you read the whole history instead of picking out what fits your understanding of Islam?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2010 6:51:49 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2010 7:03:09 PM PDT
L. King says:
Correct - sort of. After falling to eliminate by war the Jews of the newborn Jewish State of Israel (and throttling any chance of a parallel state for the Palestinian Arabs at the same time) the Arab countries turned on their own Jewish citizens, attacked them, dispossessed them of their properties and livelihoods by decree and forced them to flee. You can read about it in Locked Doors: The Seizure of Jewish Property in Arab Countries. It's one of the more shameful episodes of modern Muslim Arab history.

The root causes can be found in the antisemitism of both Arab Nationalism and in Muslim culture - each share part of the blame.
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