Israel and Ishmael: Studies in Muslim-Jewish Relations

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St. Martin's Press, 2000 - History - 249 pages
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The study of the relationship between Jews and Muslims has its roots in German nineteenth century oriental scholarships. Some of the chief contributors to the discourse were Jews who wished to highlight the tolerance of the Muslim states towards Jews as a way of reproaching contemporary German society for inequalities which Jews suffered. With the growth of Zionism and an associated historiography, Zionist historians tended to accentuate the sufferings of Jews in Islamic countries. In recent times the focus of scholarship has been on shared features rather than on denunciation, and this volume, written by leading scholars from the Arab world, Israel, Europe, and the United States, follows in this tradition. The main focus of this work is the modern period. The situation of the Jews and their relationship with their Arab neighbors in Lebanon, the Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco and Israel/Palestine are covered in this volume.

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Tudor Parfitt's life's work has been tracking down the lost tribes of Israel in Africa and Asia. As professor of Jewish studies at London's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies and Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, he has written widely on the history of the Jews of Africa and Asia. In 2006, he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. He has traveled widely through remote areas of Africa and Asia and divides his time between London and the Templar region of the South Aveyron.

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