The Divergence of Judaism and Islam: Interdependence, by Michael M. Laskier, Yaacov Lev

By Michael M. Laskier, Yaacov Lev


“An amazing selection of essays that provides nice intensity and breadth to our knowing of Jewish-Muslim kinfolk within the smooth period.”—Jeffrey Kenney, writer of Muslim Rebels: Kharijites and the Politics of Extremism in Egypt


“This amazing quantity bargains a wealthy panoply of perspectives, both at the ultimate bankruptcy of Jewish minority existence in the Islamic orbit, and on the contemporary relationships obtaining among Jews and Muslims and among Israel and the Muslim kingdom states. the diversity of eclectic methods works synergistically to provide nuance to advanced and sometimes misunderstood relationships.”—Marc S. Bernstein, writer of Stories of Joseph: Narrative Migrations in Judaism and Islam


A better half quantity to The Convergence of Judaism and Islam, this selection of essays explores the Jewish-Muslim courting from the 19th century to the current. whereas that past paintings eager about the shared cultures and sometimes peaceable family members among the 2 religions within the medieval and early smooth sessions, this publication unearths how the trails of Jews and Muslims started to diverge centuries ago.

            The essays during this quantity study how each one staff reacted really otherwise to colonial rule, how the Palestine query and the Arab-Israeli trouble have soured kin, and the way the increase of nationalism has contributed to the becoming tensions. With participants from a large choice of scholarly disciplines, this ebook deals a wide yet in-depth research of the Jewish-Muslim courting in contemporary times.


Michael M. Laskier is professor of heart jap experiences and director of the Menachem start middle for the examine of Underground pursuits at Bar-Ilan college. He has authored many books, together with Israel and the Maghreb: From Statehood to Oslo. Yaacov Lev is professor of Islamic medieval reports at Bar-Ilan college and the writer of Charity, Endowments, and Charitable associations in Medieval Islam.

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Maarif Vekaleti, Tanzimat (Istanbul: Maarif Matbaası, 1940), following 1: 48. Partial English translations are found in Stanford J. Shaw and Ezel Kural Shaw, History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, vol. 2, Reform, Revolution, and Republic, 1808–1975 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977), 60–61; J. C. , The Middle East and North Africa in World Politics, 2nd ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975), 1:269–71. For a comprehensive discussion of this document, see Şerif Mardin, The Genesis of Young Ottoman Attitudes toward the Modernization of Jewish Education · 27 Ottoman Thought: A Study in the Modernization of Turkish Political Ideas (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1962), 155–68ff.

In fact, throughout the following weeks, they did not mention the disturbance even once. The intercommunal brawls and fighting that had previously occurred offstage, so to speak, in peacetime, and away from their cities’ centers, had been disturbing but manageable enough. Once war broke out, and tensions were suddenly cast in such clear political molds, their former methods—calls to the chief rabbi for sermons and to the police for action—no longer sufficed. The total silence of the Jewish press offers a reminder of the more complex and sometimes uncomfortable aspects of the very patriotism these journalists espoused and attempted to foster among their readership.

With the additional police surveillance of wartime, and the new presence of Ottoman soldiers in the city, the Jews—already the single largest religious group in Ottoman Salonica—appear to have felt a bolstered sense of security in 1897. Their great success in performing patriotic acts, and the applause with which these had been met by local Ottoman officials and journals, may have contributed even further to such spontaneous manifestations. One contemporary observer, a representative of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) in Salonica, expressed his concern about the excessive “zeal and noise” that had accompanied the Jews’ public demonstrations of loyalty to the Ottoman Empire during the war.

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