Muslims and Others

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People conquered by Islamic powers were assimilated in various fashions. Some were allowed their own quasi-self-government and free practice of their faith, if they paid a special tax, the dhimmah. Others were subjected to slavery, and still others sensed hardly any change in their lives at all. Whatever their respective fates, they were bound to interact with each other and with their Islamic conquerors. In this collection of 15 articles previously published since 1970, contributors examine these relationships and the fates of various groups, including Jews and early Christians, the relative importance of conversions, the injunctions of sacred texts about relationships with those not Islamic, and the issues of self- government in a far-flung territory. This volume is designed to maintain the essays' original pagination, and includes a general index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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1 Religious communities in late sasanian and early Muslim Iraq 1
2 Dhimmah in qur'an and hadith 25
3 The legislative autonomy of Christians in the Islamic world 37
4 How dhimmis were judged in the Islamic world 83
5 Problems of differentiation between Muslims and non-Muslims : re-reading the "ordinances of 'Umar" (al-Shurut al-'umariyya) 103
6 "Do not assimilate yourselves ..." La tashabbahu ... 125
7 Minority selfrule and government control in Islam 159
8 Comparative religion in the apologetics of the first Christian Arabic theologians 175
9 Jewish polemics against Islam and Christianity in the light of Judaeo-Arabic texts 201
10 Muslim studies of other religions : the medieval period 211
11 Christian polemic and the formation of Islamic dogma 241
12 Socio-economic history and Islamic studies : problems of bias in the adaptation of the indigenous population to Islam 259
13 Mawlas : freed slaves and converts in early Islam 277
14 Conversion in early Islamic Egypt : the economic factor 323
15 Questions concerning the mazdaeans of Muslim Iran 331
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