Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Arab World
The Roots of Sectarianism
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Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Arab World by Bruce Masters
Book DescriptionMasters explores the history of Christians and Jews in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman empire and how their identities as non-Muslims evolved over four hundred years. At the start of this period, in the sixteenth century, social community was circumscribed by religious identity and non-Muslims lived within the hierarchy established by Muslim law. In the nineteenth century, however, in response to Western influences, a radical change took place. Conflict erupted between Muslims and Christians in different parts of the empire in a challenge to that hierarchy. This marked the beginning, as the author illustrates, of the tensions which have to a large extent inspired the nationalist and religious rhetoric in the empire's successor states throughout the twentieth century. In this way, Masters negotiates the present through the past. His book will make a major contribution to an understanding of the political and religious conflicts of the modern Middle East.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521803335
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bruce Masters
Arabs of the Ottoman Empire, 1516-1918, Paperback (April 2013)
This book discusses the role of Arabs in the Ottoman Empire for the four centuries that they were its subjects.
Ottoman City between East and West, Hardback (November 1999)» View all books by Bruce Masters
A pioneering challenge to the orientalist perception of the Islamic city.
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