The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History

The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History

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by Andrew G. Bostom
     
 

This comprehensive, meticulously documented collection of scholarly articles presents indisputable evidence that a readily discernible, uniquely Islamic antisemitism-a specific Muslim hatred of Jews-has been expressed continuously since the advent of Islam. Debunking the conventional wisdom, which continues to assert that Muslim animosity toward Jews is entirely a

Overview

This comprehensive, meticulously documented collection of scholarly articles presents indisputable evidence that a readily discernible, uniquely Islamic antisemitism-a specific Muslim hatred of Jews-has been expressed continuously since the advent of Islam. Debunking the conventional wisdom, which continues to assert that Muslim animosity toward Jews is entirely a 20th-century phenomenon fueled mainly by the protracted Arab-Israeli conflict, leading scholars provide example after example of antisemitic motifs in Muslim documents reaching back to the beginnings of Islam. The contributors show that the Koran itself is a significant source of hostility toward Jews, as well as other foundational Muslim texts including the hadith (the words and deeds of Muhammad as recorded by pious Muslim transmitters) and the sira (the earliest Muslim biographies of Muhammad). Many other examples are adduced in the writings of influential Muslim jurists, theologians, and scholars, from the Middle Ages through the contemporary era. These primary sources, and seminal secondary analyses translated here for the first time into English - such as Hartwig Hirschfeld's mid-1880s essays on Muhammad's subjugation of the Jews of Medina and George Vajda's elegant, comprehensive 1937 study of the hadith - detail the sacralized rationale for Islam's anti-Jewish bigotry. Numerous complementary historical accounts illustrate the resulting plight of Jewish communities in the Muslim world across space and time, culminating in the genocidal threat posed to the Jews of Israel today.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Important...."
- New Republic

"For those looking for a serious, scholarly work on the subject of Islamic hatred of Jews, there is simply no better book available on the market today."
- Jihad Watch

"Affords important lessons for Jews and Christians alike…. This important book should become the standard reference work on its subject."
- Human Events

"[Bostom] provides an extraordinarily thorough look at the history of Islamic anti-Semitism in practice.… Truly unique…"
- Jerusalem Post

"A seminal treatise likely to enlighten intellectuals in search of the truth about anti-Semitism for generations to come."
- Kam Williams

"Exceedingly well organized and extensively documented…."
- Choice

"[This] is the place to look for answers.... Bostom's bold book is a challenge to Muslims to reconsider the beliefs and practical manifestations of their faith."
- First Things

School Library Journal

Is Islamic anti-Semitism a recent phenomenon, brought about by the creation of Israel in 1948, or is it a deeply imbedded element of the religion itself, dating back to its very origins? This is the key question Bostom addresses in his latest book, which is similar in approach to his powerful earlier work The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims(reprinting in March), in which he used Islam's own texts and recorded history to show violence as central to the sacred writings and long history of Islam. This anthology, too, uses sacred texts and statements from authoritative Islamic scholars to show that anti-Semitism was present in the earliest stages of the religion and is not just a phenomenon of the past 60 years. By gathering these various resources, Bostom persuasively-almost overwhelmingly-demonstrates the anti-Semitic tendencies in Islam, presenting his case like a prosecuting attorney. What is lacking, however, is any argument for the defense. Libraries purchasing this book should balance it with another offering an alternate argument. Highly recommended for all libraries.
—John Jaeger

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591025542
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/17/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 2.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Ilan Stavans
"For years scholars focused almost exclusively on the roots of Christian and secular antisemitism to understand the animosity targeted toward Jews in Western civilization during more than two millennia. But there's a parallel tradition, one far more explosive today: Islamic antisemitism and anti-Zionism. September 11, 2001 fostered a new age of conflict based on it. It's crucial that we don't shy away from analyzing its misconceptions, its history and strategies. Postponing such exploration is not only foolish but dangerous. Andrew Bostom offers a wide-ranging sampler of readings to start the task, from the Qur'an itself and the early biographers of Muhammad to the pre-modern theologians and jurists, and onwards to the major articulators of discontent in the modern era. His eye-opening anthology should become an essential resource."--(Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture & Five-College 40th Anniversary Professor, Amherst College, author of The Disappearance: A Novella and Stories, and editor of The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature and The Scroll and the Cross: 1,000 Years of Jewish-Hispanic Literature)
Nonie Darwish
"Andrew Bostom's brilliant and extensive research and documentation put an end to the myth of Muslim tolerance of Jews often expressed when we say. "We don't hate Jews, we hate Israel." The question now is, are we going to face uncomfortable truths and end our denial or continue the unspeakable hatred."--(Nonie Darwish, author of Now They Call Me Infidel)
Ron Rosenbaum
"No one who wishes to assess the future--not just of Jews but of Enlgihtnement values--can neglect Andrew Bostom's exhaustively researched, powerfully argued, study of the past in The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism."--(Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler, editor of Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism.)
Brigitte Gabriel
"The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism is the most comprehensive analysis of the anti-Jewish hatred that has been entrenched in Islamic culture and politics since the advent of Islam under Muhammad. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand what underlies the incessant Muslim animus against Jews and the Jewish State of Israel, in particular."--(Brigitte Gabriel, author of Because They Hate)

Meet the Author

Andrew G. Bostom is the editor of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims and of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History. He is the author of Sharia versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. He has also published articles and commentary on Islam in the Washington Times, National Review Online, Revue Politique, FrontPageMagazine.com, American Thinker, and other print and online publications. More on Bostom's work can be found at www.andrewbostom.org/blog/.

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The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LarryASingleton More than 1 year ago
Yes, put this under "definately helpful". Mr. "Anonymous" definately showed me to what lengths these Islamist liars will go to keep people from learning the truth. BUY THIS BOOK!!! Anybody who's too cowardly to put his name and stand by his principles is definately the opinion one should heed. My name is Larry A. Singleton-Just in case this stupid web site screws it up
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Bostom uses primary sources that do not conflict with other historical sources. I also want to note that the reviewer that calls for "Shame" on author and anyone else who supports this book wrote the same words at another vendors site (Amazon) and called for shame on that vendor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shame on the author. Shame on you for spreading hate. Shame on anyone who endorses this book of hate and lies. The golden age of Moslem/Jews did exist until the zionists came and put an end to it..
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very feeble work of propaganda that seeks to vilify Islam rather than offer a truly nuanced and rigorous historical analysis. Nor is the author actually a university-trained scholar: the 'Dr.' apparently stands in for M.D. only. Avoid this stinker which amounts to hate-mongering rather than objectivity.