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The Jews of Islam (Princeton Paperbacks) Paperback – June 1, 1987

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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691008078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691008073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ali Abbas on April 9, 2000
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This book examines the presence and role of the Jews in Islam, with a treatment that spans not only through the text of the Quran, but also an application of the laws and injunctions contained in the the practice of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, by the Islamic jurists.
While the book attempts to dispel the notion of muslims as being intolerant, it does not shy away to bring about a factual realization embodied in texts, particularly historical texts, that formed the basis of records maintained by the islamic governments, particularly during the Ottoman regime.
The role of the Jews, not only as a presence among the muslim communities, but also a treatment of the various traditions that served to be shared and transmitted in both the religions, is treated at length.
While the discussion of Jews as a religious minority forms the basis of the book, it is nevertheless impossible to treat them alone, since Christians and their attitude towards the Jews as well as Muslims, served to demonstrate the intricacy of the social fabric existent between them, interwoven with the many realities that spanned beyond the frontiers of the Islamic state. Growing tensions between Islam and Christianity and the relation and influence it exercised on the treatment of the Jews would amply support the later statement.
Over all, it is a book that offers a much needed outlook on Islam's position on minorities, with ample bibiliography for further research.
A must read!
-- Ali Abbbas
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I was always vaguely aware that Jews sometimes got better treatment from Muslims than from Christians. But this book explains the roots in Muslim theology of Muslim/Jewish relations (under which non-Muslim monotheists were tolerated as second-class citizens), and shows how large some Jewish communities were.

I was surprised to learn that in the 15th century, Turkey was so attractive for Jews that Jewish writers wrote about Turkey as glowingly as later writers wrote about America. For example, Isaac Zarfati, a refugee from Germany, wrote: "I proclaim to you that Turkey is a land wherein nothing is lacking, and where, if you will, all shall yet be well with you . . . Here every man may dwell at peace under his own vine and fig tree. Here you are allowed to wear the most precious garments. In Christendom, on the contrary, you dare not even venture to clothe your children in red or in blue, according to our taste, without exposing them to the insult of beaten black and blue, or kicked green and red . . . O Israel, wherefore sleepest though? Arise! And leave this accursed land forever!" (p. 136)

Similarly, in the 16th century Portuguese refugee Samuel Usque described Turkey as "a broad and spacious sea which God opened with the rod of His mercy as He opened the Red Sea at the time of the exodus . .. here the gates of liberty are always open for the observance of Judaism" (Id.)

But the situation deteriorated in the last several centuries: it is not altogether clear why, and maybe Lewis isn't completely sure himself.
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A very enlightening account of not only the Jewish experience in Islamic lands, but also of the overall treatment of non-Muslim subjects within Muslim territories. This historical background is essential to the understanding of present relations between Islam and the West, as well as Israel and its surrounding Muslim neighbours. Lewis writes in a style easy to read, and yet still academically rigorous. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to get beyond current media headlines and dwelve deeper into the roots of contemporary unease between the West and Islam. As for Jews like myself who grew up in Muslim countries, it is essential reading.
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I've read a fair number of Bernard Lewis's books. He continues to do astounding work (far better than other scholars in this field who are 1/2 his age); and "The Jews of Islam" is a wonderful example. I would have given it 5 stars, but I've read some of this content before.

Bias is an unfortunately all-too-human trait. Yet Dr. Lewis has an amazing capicity to be fair. His critics (and he has many, mostly undeserved) could take a page from his approach. He is scrupulous in examining how jews faired in Moslem-dominated societies over the last 1,400 years and compares that to their treatment under European-dominated Christendom (what a wonderful word that only Lewis would use today). if you want to understand how one of the root causese of todays middle eastern conflict, you can't do better than Dr. Lewis.
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Make no mistake: this book is no apology-manual for the history of the Jews in Islam. Like always, Bernard Lewis presents the facts as he finds them and does not appear to have an agenda beyond that. He does not make the typical straw man argument that many other authors of recent times have made about Islam, that it is anti-semitic, violent, and bigoted, whereas Christianity is a religion of peace because Jesus preached passive resistance and the gospels have many peaceful quotations. To the contrary, he actually claims that ant-semitism never existed in Islam until it was introduced by Christian European colonialists during the 18th century upward.
Lewis defines anti-semitism as: A. The obsessive fanaticism of and about Jews. B. The assigning of Jews of cosmic evil and blaming all of the world's ills on them and C. Holding Jews to double-standards. According to him, persecuting the Jews and disliking them is not anti-semitism, it is a normal (and unfortunate) part of the human condition to dislike and persecute those who are different from us. That being stated, anti-semitism never existed in Islam up until recent times. However, persecution and hatred of the Jews did.
The "dhimmi" laws of Islam are well-known by many at the present time. However, Lewis describes how the dhimmi laws were applied at different times and across different Muslim societies. The Ottoman Turks were by far the best in their treatment towards the Jews. Jews were generally unmolested in their religious activities and had several opportunities to reach high social positions and prestigious professions. The Turks never saw the Jews as dangerous, and often saw the Jews as useful, because of their ties to Europe and their knowledge of European inventions and artillery.
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