The Jews of Islam

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Overview

Probing the Muslims' attitude toward Judaism as a special case of their view of other religious minorities in Islamic countries, Bernard Lewis demolishes two competing stereotypes: the fanatical warrior, sword in one hand and Qur' an in the other, and the Muslim designer of an interfaith utopia. Available for the first time in paperback, his portrayal of the Judaeo-Islamic tradition is set against a vivid background of Jewish and Islamic history.

A look at the Judeo-Islamic tradition in medeval and modern history.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
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
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 Review of Books
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
Boston Globe
[A] pioneering and masterful primer.
— Jacob Neusner
New York Review of Books - Norman A. Stillman
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.
Boston Globe - Jacob Neusner
[A] pioneering and masterful primer.
From the Publisher
"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

  • ISBN-13: 9780691008073
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1987
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 675,541
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Lewis
Bernard Lewis
The Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University -- dubbed "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies," by The New York Times -- Islam expert Bernard Lewis has raised both awareness levels and eyebrows with topical bestsellers like What Went Wrong? and The Crisis of Islam.
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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 31, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of London, 1936; Diplome des Etudes Semitiques, University of Paris, 1937; Ph.D., University of London,

Table of Contents

Islam and Other Religions. The Judaeo-Islamic Tradition. The Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods. The End of the Tradition

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