The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling The Myths That Fuel Muslim Anti-semitism

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The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling The Myths That Fuel Muslim Anti-semitism

by Tarek Fatah

McClelland & Stewart | December 6, 2011 | Trade Paperback |

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A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today.

More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the world is no closer to solving, let alone understanding, the psychological and political divide between Jews and Muslims. While countless books have been written on the subject of terrorism, political Islam, and jihad, barely a handful address the theological and historical basis of the Jew-Muslim divide. Following the terrorist attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, in which Pakistani jihadis sought out and murdered the members of a local Jewish centre, Tarek Fatah began an in-depth investigation of the historical basis for the crime.

In this provocative new book, Fatah uses extensive research to trace how literature from as early as the seventh century has fueled the hatred of Jews by Muslims. Fatah debunks the anti-Jewish writings of the Hadith literature, takes apart the Arab supremacist doctrines that lend fuel to the fire, and reinterprets supposed anti-Jewish passages in the Quran. In doing so he argues that hating Jews is against the essence of the Islamic spirit and suggests what needs to be done to eliminate the agonizing friction between the two communities.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: December 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771047843

ISBN - 13: 9780771047848

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The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling The Myths That Fuel Muslim Anti-semitism

by Tarek Fatah

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: December 6, 2011

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771047843

ISBN - 13: 9780771047848

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CHAPTER ONE   “O Allah, Completely Destroy and Shatter the Jews”     “When you kill one [Jew] . . . it is worth more than killing fifty people.” The voice of the Pakistani commander crackles over the cellphone as he urges on two jihadis who have taken over the ultra-Orthodox Chabad House in Mumbai on the evening of November 26, 2008. Already, a rabbi, his pregnant wife, and two house guests have been shot dead, while two Jewish women are being held hostage in this suicide mission.   In conversations recorded by Indian intelligence, the Pakistan-based handlers warn the jihadi terrorists not to contemplate surrender under any circumstances. “Getting arrested alive is not an option. Remember . . . For your mission to end successfully, you must be killed. The virgins are waiting for you in paradise.” Exhorting the jihadis to spread terror, the handlers tell them, “Create so much havoc that the enemy should fear us till the end of times.”   A day earlier, ten Pakistani terrorists had landed on the beach at Mumbai, the city that symbolized everything repugnant to these Islamists – modernity, secularism, and joy. All through their teens they had watched Bollywood movies on pirated DVDs, which tantalized them with dancing damsels and titillating tunes, weakening their faith, challenging their manhood, and corrupting their morals. Now, it was time to get even.   Splitting into five pairs, they each hav
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob Rae
Preface
 
CHAPTER ONE "O Allah, Completely Destroy and Shatter the Jews"
CHAPTER TWO Bird Flu and Other Jewish Conspiracies
CHAPTER THREE Allah, Hitler, and the Mufti
CHAPTER FOUR Is Israel Fuelling Anti-Semitism?
CHAPTER FIVE Is the Quran Anti-Semitic?
CHAPTER SIX The Jews of Banu Qurayza
CHAPTER SEVEN Muhammad Comes to the City of Jews
CHAPTER EIGHT Towards a New Jerusalem
Epilogue
 
Notes
Bibliography
Index


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From the Publisher

A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today.

More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the world is no closer to solving, let alone understanding, the psychological and political divide between Jews and Muslims. While countless books have been written on the subject of terrorism, political Islam, and jihad, barely a handful address the theological and historical basis of the Jew-Muslim divide. Following the terrorist attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, in which Pakistani jihadis sought out and murdered the members of a local Jewish centre, Tarek Fatah began an in-depth investigation of the historical basis for the crime.

In this provocative new book, Fatah uses extensive research to trace how literature from as early as the seventh century has fueled the hatred of Jews by Muslims. Fatah debunks the anti-Jewish writings of the Hadith literature, takes apart the Arab supremacist doctrines that lend fuel to the fire, and reinterprets supposed anti-Jewish passages in the Quran. In doing so he argues that hating Jews is against the essence of the Islamic spirit and suggests what needs to be done to eliminate the agonizing friction between the two communities.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Journalist and political advocate TAREK FATAH is the founder of the liberal Muslim organization the Muslim Canadian Congress. He is a regular contributor and guest host on the morning show on Newstalk 1010. His first book, Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, was a finalist for the Donner Prize.


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Editorial Reviews

"A frank, humble, and courageous book."
- National Post

"Valuable and courageous."
- Library Journal

"Fatah''s contribution to the dire need for Islamic moderation is timely and welcome."
- Winnipeg Free Press

"Among the book''s delights is Fatah''s independent and inquiring mind. In a field riddled with dogmatism, he offers fresh material and original insights."
- Toronto Star


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