Description - Medieval and Modern Perspectives by Ronald L. Nettler
This volume contains papers on both medieval and modern aspects of Muslim-Jewish relations. For the medieval period, there is a diverse treatment of literary and philosophical issues. The mutual influence of Islamic and Jewish texts is explored, as well as the perceptions Muslim and Jewish writers had about each other. The subject matter of these papers is diverse - Isral'iliyat literature, Arabic wine-poetry, Hebrew allegorical poetry and Jewish exegetical commentary. The interdependence of Muslim-Jewish intellectual life is emphasized here. The papers on the modern period all deal with Muslim-Jewish relations in the wake of the sweeping historical, institutional and political changes which have characterized the modern Middle East. There are papers dealing with new definitions of Judaism and Zionism for example that can only be understood against the background of pre-modern ideas but which are specific to the pressures and needs of contemporary life. From a different perspective, there is also a study of language learning as an indication of new and promising social relations.
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