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In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands Hardcover – International Edition, August 24, 2010

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In this epic examination, celebrated historian Gilbert (the six-volume biography of Winston Churchill) explores the evolution of Judaism and Islam through a lens of Middle Eastern stability. Islam upholds some of Judaism's practices, like strict dietary laws, circumcision, and multiple prayers daily, and followers of both religions have historically banded together during holy wars in opposition to Christianity. Yet early relations between Jews and Muslims were often precarious, and the treatment Jews received was often dependent on the manner in which the Islamic leader at the time interpreted "the two extremes of protection and intolerance," a conflict that Gilbert believes "has defined the Muslim-Jewish relationship to this day." Indeed, under the rule of the second Caliph, Jews volunteered as soldiers and guides and offered provisions for their Muslim allies, whereas under the eighth Caliph, Jews and Christians were equally segregated and oppressed. With a comprehensive yet accessible approach, Gilbert scrutinizes the roles that Muslims and Jews have played and continue to play in the Middle East, and the impact of this on the world, unearthing the ongoing struggles these religions have faced over their 1400 years of shared history.
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"This is a book for those who want on their shelf, ready to hand, the facts on the Jews in Muslim lands, from the days of Mohammad himself, a vivid chapter as related here, to the Arab-Israel conflict of the present day. With Sir Martin Gilbert's excellent maps and clear readable prose, this saga is both a reliable source and a pleasure to read."
— Herman Wouk

"In this epic examination, celebrated historian Gilbert (the six-volume biography of Winston Churchill) explores the evolution of Judaism and Islam. . . . .with a comprehensive yet accessible approach." 
— Publishers Weekly

"Sir Martin Gilbert's In Ishmael's House, perhaps for the first time, makes accessible to a mass readership the neglected history of Jews in Muslim lands, from Afghanistan to Morocco." 
— The JC.com

"[This book's] account of the slow-burning tragedy of the extinction of Jewish communities in the Arab world is moving and important. It should be read." 
— The Independent
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771033699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771033698
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,660,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Martin Gilbert has created a master work and generational touchstone on the history of Jewish/Muslim relations from the time of Muhammed to the present day. The flowing narrative consolidates a wide range of reference material including books by Mark Cohen, Gotein,Hitti, Hourani, Levin, Lewis ,Satloff, Shulewitz, Stillman, Troper (and many others), historical archives, government documents and the author's personal interviews and correspondence with members of the Oriental Jewish community.Read more ›
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The history of Jews in the Arab world is very long and detailed. However, Gilbert's work provides a great overview even though it is by necessity brief.

As a Jewish refugee from Egypt, I found his descriptions and analyses highly accurate. Personal history confirms the spectrum of atrocious behaviours tempered by the pockets of kindness and humanity. It was rather interesting to read about Edna Anzarut's experiences for instance, particularly given that she and her parents were, for a brief period, our neighbours in Alexandria. Her story is of course more interesting than could be described in a volume such as Gilbert's. I also found some revelations, particularly the fact that Dr Max Salame was Nasser's dentist. He was mine as well and probably one of the first in Egypt to do root canal therapy, showing the significant contribution made by Jews to the country before it was ethnically cleansed by Nasser.

Gilbert does a great job describing the constant insecurity pervading the atmosphere in the country,the fact that "good times" were merely the absence of bad ones and the fact that one could never be sure that a classmate would not use the label 'dirty Jew' at the drop of a hat, or that a teacher would not openly humiliate us in class. The July 26 speeches by Nasser were always awaited with dread and Jews would listen to at least three overseas radio stations, just to know what was really going on.

Gilbert's narrative is story-like, but apart from some very minor glitches, his history is outstanding.

I have come to know the history of a number of my fellow Jews from Egypt, including a Karaiite Jew whose relative was hanged in Cairo. Their personal histories are testament to the accuracy of Gilbert's narrative.
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This is a must read book for anyone who wants to understand the relationship of Jews living in Muslim lands for over 1400 years. The best summary of this history is when Gilbert quotes Bernard Lewis, to the effect "the Jews were never free from discrimination, but only rarely subject to persecution The situation of Jews living under Islamic rulers was never as bad as in Christendom at its worst, nor ever as good as in Christendom at its best." Gilbert then goes on to describe the life of Jews since the time of Mohammed to the present day. There were over 900,000 Jews living in Muslim lands, and now there are few. To learn and understand this history, there is nothing as good as Gilbert's book. I have read most of his eighty books, and this one stands with the others.
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The subject is not often touched upon, but it has never been set out so well. From the beginnings of Islam to the Mediaeval period, to the rise of Zionism and the emigration of Jews from Arab lands during the Arab-Israeli conflict, the book covers a lot, and is done so fairly well. Though it is depressing in some points to see the brutality with which Jews were treated, there is a significant deal of coverage in the many countries and periods involved.
I am of the opinion that more depth could have been giving to mediaeval period, and perhaps a little more in descriptions of industrial and economic proportions throughout the 1400 years and all the countries the book covers.
Martin Gilbert is a prolific writer, and this book is no exception in his eighty-plus bestselling books.
Overall I recommend this book if you are widely interested in the subject. Perhaps borrow it from a library/friend first to see if you like it.
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