The Jews of Arab Lands
a History and Source Book
By (author) Norman A. Stillman
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Jews of Arab Lands by Norman A. Stillman
Book DescriptionNorman Stillman has produced a comprehensive and articulate history of the turbulent and complex relationships in the Middle East that brilliantly captures the people and the history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780827601987
(235mm x 152mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Jewish Publication Society
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publish Date: 15-Jan-1994
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Norman A. Stillman
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This book focuses on the forces, events, and personalities that over the past 150 years have shaped the Jewish communities of the Arab world, changing the relations between Jews and Arabs more radically than anything since the rise of Islam nearly 1400 years ago.
US Kirkus Review » At long last a work has appeared to fill a large gap in both Jewish and Mid-eastern history. Stillman's brief, enlightening narrative and sourcebook of documents together depict a variegated Jewish existence in the Mideast from Muhammad to the mid-19th century. There are glimpses of social history in descriptions of Baghdad Jewry during the reign of Harun al-Rashid (of the Thousand and One Nights), in a medieval curriculum of advanced Jewish and secular studies, in the story of the rise and fall of a family of court Jews, and in the various Jewish sects which disputed the authority of the Talmud. Clarifying two seemingly opposite interpretations of Muslim-Jewish relations - that Jewish life under Islam was the antithesis of medieval European persecution, and that the Jews were a persecuted minority in the Mideast - Stillman skillfully steers through the ebb and flow of this relationship as it existed in various periods under different regimes. It is no wonder that the apogee of classical Islamic civilization in Spain, for example, coincided with a flourishing Jewish culture, while the Mamluke regime in Egypt, fighting both the Crusaders and the Mongols, strictly enforced Muslim rules for minorities which conferred second-class status on all Peoples of the Book. The Ottoman Turks, while providing a haven for refugees from the Inquisition in the 16th century and even supporting Jewish-inspired projects for developing the Holy Land, treated both Arabs and Jews with contempt during the subsequent centuries of their Empire's decline. The introduction of the European elements into the Mideast during the 19th century only whets the appetite for more scholarship on a hitherto neglected field. Updating the classic work of his teacher S.D. Goitein, Jews and Arabs: Their Contacts Through the Ages (3rd ed., 1974), Stillman not only adds new material but, via thorough documentation with notes and extensive bibliography, he has made a substantial contribution to the field of Mideast history. (Kirkus Reviews)
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