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on January 2, 2015
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 under informed, and this book was a very enlightening primer. The overall message is wonderfully positive. Karabell shows a historical record that demonstrates (perhaps against current conventional wisdom) that Muslims, Christians, and Jews are not fated to fight each other. Or, more realistically, that they have not historically fought each other any more than they have fought amongst themselves. The lessons are:
a) By and large, it's not the religions differences between those faiths that have caused the strife which ignites periodically between them.
b) Strife between these religious groups have been the exception rather than the rule. For most of history, these groups have managed to coexist and cooperate.

Karabell exposes his thesis without preaching, while unfurling a detailed historic tapestry, weaving historical characters to general ethnological descriptions. It is a well balanced, well written book, which leads you to a "cautiously optimistic" conclusion, while leaving the reader plenty of space for his/her own reflection.

Highly recommended.
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on March 25, 2015
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. His writing is remarkable. He brings a sense of historical knowledge and insight to the subject. It's readable and holds your interest.
An advocate of "Peace" seems to be challenged by some based on the rhetoric espoused by the "hardliners" in today's world.

Although the book reflects on the halcyon days of yore and pictures a tranquil and cooperative environment, it does not delineate any solutions to present day dilemma. Islam is the only major religion which has not reformed as other religions have. Islam's presence is felt globally.

It reveals what many Americans do not know about the origins of Islam and its religious dogmas. This book is historical in its format and should be read to gain a perspective on the ingrained hostilities and what precipitated the sectarian religious divide and perceived perceptions. This is a treasure trove of history. This book should be on high schools reading lists. Great read!

Bruce E. McLeod, Jr.
25 March 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
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on July 28, 2016
Nicely written. We needed this type of book to show people that Islam is a peaceful
religion. It is very tragic that a few may be 000.1 % of 1.6 billion muslims have created such a bad
image. I wish our media especially CNN anchors should read this book.
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on October 19, 2016
I FIRST BEGAN READING THIS BOOK ON MY KINDLE, BUT I AM NOT A FAST READER SO THE KINDLE SHUTS DOWN BEFORE I AM FINISHED.
SO I DECIDED TO BUY THE PRINT EDITION INSTEAD.

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on December 16, 2014
I thought the book very well researched. However, I thought it could have been a bit shorter, and still understood well. I highly recommend the book to those wanting to find out some accurate information, other than what we hear on the news (which definitely does not educate us!
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on December 23, 2014
Great historical perspective. Helps to understand the relationships between the three major religions. Needs to be updated. It was published in 2007, prior to the recent wave of extremist actions.
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on February 27, 2017
Excellent value!
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on December 18, 2014
Very well researched and equally well written. Makes a very interesting and absorbing reading.
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on February 1, 2016
good
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on March 23, 2015
Balanced and unbiased, thorough, comprehensive and well written.
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