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- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2017
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- Language: English
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A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East (The Contemporary Middle East Book 6) Kindle Edition
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'In this book, Heather J. Sharkey is not afraid to tackle major historical questions that are still relevant today: religion as an explanatory factor in history, the question of violence and religious liberty in Islam, the possibility of shared public spaces and secular culture. The originality of her work comes from her attention to the sensory experiences of historical actors and of the reader, in using images, clothes, foods and sounds as historical sources. Thus she invites us to reconsider the relationship between Muslims, Jews and Christians, on the basis of their everyday life.' Bernard Heyberger, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
'Heather J. Sharkey provides a remarkable study of Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations in history that does not ignore the conflicts but also presents in-depth insights into day-to-day intercommunal relations. Her discussion of interreligious relations at the level of ordinary 'mundane' life adds a vital dimension to our understanding this subject. Sharkey's study makes a significant contribution generally to scholarship on pluralism and diversity in world history as well as specifically contributing to the understanding of cultural-religious-political history of the Middle East.' John Voll, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
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The book, however, is also immensely thought-provoking, whether we are looking at the current problems of the Middle East, or those of ‘multicultural’ societies in, say, Western Europe. It should, I think, be required reading for everyone who approaches these issues by way of simplistic, moralized narratives of one kind or another.
The book comes to an end just before the start of the First World War. I would join the comment of at least one academic reviewer, who suggested that what would be really good, would be if she could be persuaded to follow it up with a further book on developments in the Twentieth Century.
"Despite its broad and ambitious title, the book deals primarily with Muslims, Christians, and Jews of the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Within this limited vista, the author does a relatively fair job of noting the oppression Jews and Christians experienced under and in the name of Islam; less straightforward is her approach as to why....
"[L]eft unstated is that they are also byproducts of a chief factor: The dhimmi status Islam imposed on Christians and Jews...
" And that her closing sentence consists of a series of “image if’s”—or as Sharkey calls them, “counter factual scenario-making” about how the Ottoman Empire might have been—is more reminiscent of a John Lennon song than a work of history."....
For a better understanding of this topic, I strongly recommend Ibrahim's book "Sword and Scimitar" (2018) or "The History of Jihad" by Robert Spencer (2018).