Under crescent and cross: the Jews in the Middle Ages

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Princeton University Press, 1994 - History - 280 pages
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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 myths, Mark Cohen offers a systematic comparison of Jewish life in medieval Islam and Christendom--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.

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UNDER CRESCENT AND CROSS: The Jews in the Middle Ages

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A thorough comparative study of the conditions of medieval Jewish life in Christian and Muslim lands. Cohen (Near Eastern Studies/Princeton) explores and explodes the recently resurrected myth of ... Read full review

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Did medieval Jews enjoy peace and security while living in an interfaith utopia under the crescent of Islam but experience hostility and persecution under the cross of Christianity? In this important ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Mark R. Cohen is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a well-known authority on the Cairo Geniza and the history of the Jews in the medieval Islamic world. His publications include more than 80 articles and reviews and several books, among them: "Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Egypt" (Princeton), which won the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish history in 1981; "Jewish Life in Medieval Egypt 641-1382," translated into Arabic, 1987; "The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena's Life of Judah," (Princeton); and, most recently, "Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages," (Princeton), which has been translated into Hebrew, Turkish, and German.