Jews, Christians, And The Abode Of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities

Paperback | February 4, 2014

byJacob Lassner

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In Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam, Jacob Lassner examines the triangular relationship that during the Middle Ages defined—and continues to define today—the political and cultural interaction among the three Abrahamic faiths. Lassner looks closely at the debates occasioned by modern Western scholarship on Islam to throw new light on the social and political status of medieval Jews and Christians in various Islamic lands from the seventh to the thirteenth century. Utilizing a vast array of primary sources, Lassner balances the rhetoric of literary and legal texts from the Middle Ages with other, newly discovered medieval sources that describe life as it was actually lived among the three faith communities. Lassner shows just what medieval Muslims meant when they spoke of tolerance, and how that abstract concept played out at different times and places in the real world of Christian and Jewish communities under Islamic rule. Finally, he considers what a more informed picture of the relationship among the Abrahamic faiths in the medieval Islamic world might mean for modern scholarship on medieval Islamic civilization and, not the least, for the highly contentious global environment of today.

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In Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam, Jacob Lassner examines the triangular relationship that during the Middle Ages defined—and continues to define today—the political and cultural interaction among the three Abrahamic faiths. Lassner looks closely at the debates occasioned by modern Western scholarship on Islam to throw new li...

Jacob Lassner is the Phillip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor Emeritus of Jewish Civilization and professor of history and religion at Northwestern University. His numerous works include The Middle East Remembered, Jews and Muslims in the Arab World, and Islam in the Middle Ages.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022614318X

ISBN - 13:9780226143187

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“Providing an attractive perspective on the marketplace of ideas and beliefs that united and divided Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Mediterranean world, this is a remarkable book. Clear, thoughtful, the harvest of fifty years of labor in fields largely verdant and occasionally stony, Professor Lassner’s book describes and explains the formation of the great monotheistic communities—and also provides a history of the development of the scholarly discussions that have enlivened, illuminated, and occasionally tarnished mutual understandings. A century ago, the great scholar of the spread of Islamic civilization and the mutual exchanges with the Jewish and Christian communities was Ignaz Goldziher, who astonished the teachers of Cairo with the depth of his knowledge and his empathic attitude. Lassner embraces Goldziher’s textually oriented critical outlook while retaining as well the great orientalist’s empathy for Islamic civilization.”