Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

by Mark R. Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691139318

ISBN-13: 9780691139319

Pub. Date: 08/04/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Did Muslims and Jews in the Middle Ages cohabit in a peaceful "interfaith utopia"? Or were Jews under Muslim rule persecuted, much as they were in Christian lands? Rejecting both polemically charged ideas as myths, Mark Cohen offers a systematic comparison of Jewish life in medieval Islam and Christendom--and the first in-depth explanation of why medieval

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Did Muslims and Jews in the Middle Ages cohabit in a peaceful "interfaith utopia"? Or were Jews under Muslim rule persecuted, much as they were in Christian lands? Rejecting both polemically charged ideas as myths, Mark Cohen offers a systematic comparison of Jewish life in medieval Islam and Christendom--and the first in-depth explanation of why medieval Islamic-Jewish relations, though not utopic, were less confrontational and violent than those between Christians and Jews in the West.

Under Crescent and Cross has been translated into Turkish, Hebrew, German, Arabic, French, and Spanish, and its historic message continues to be relevant across continents and time. This updated edition, which contains an important new introduction and afterword by the author, serves as a great companion to the original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691139319
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Edition description:
With a New introduction and afterword by the author
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Introduction
Ch. 1Myth and Countermyth3
Ch. 2Religions in Conflict17
Ch. 3The Legal Position of Jews in Christendom30
Ch. 4The Legal Position of Jews in Islam52
Ch. 5The Economic Factor77
Ch. 6Hierarchy, Marginality, and Ethnicity107
Ch. 7The Jew as Townsman121
Ch. 8Sociability129
Ch. 9Interreligious Polemics139
Ch. 10Persecution, Response and Collective Memory162
Conclusion195
Notes201
Index271

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