By Abdelwahab Meddeb, Benjamin Stora
This is the 1st encyclopedic consultant to the heritage of kin among Jews and Muslims all over the world from the start of Islam to at the present time. Richly illustrated and fantastically produced, the booklet beneficial properties greater than a hundred and fifty authoritative and available articles by way of a world group of best specialists in background, politics, literature, anthropology, and philosophy. geared up thematically and chronologically, this quintessential reference presents severe evidence and balanced context for higher old figuring out and a extra expert discussion among Jews and Muslims.
Part I covers the medieval interval; half II, the early sleek interval throughout the 19th century, within the Ottoman Empire, Africa, Asia, and Europe; half III, the 20th century, together with the exile of Jews from the Muslim international, Jews and Muslims in Israel, and Jewish-Muslim politics; and half IV, intersections among Jewish and Muslim origins, philosophy, scholarship, artwork, ritual, and ideology. the most articles tackle significant subject matters akin to the Jews of Arabia on the starting place of Islam; detailed profiles conceal very important contributors and locations; and excerpts from fundamental assets offer modern perspectives on ancient events.
Contributors comprise Mark R. Cohen, Alain Dieckhoff, Michael Laskier, Vera Moreen, Gordon D. Newby, Marina Rustow, Daniel Schroeter, Kirsten Schulze, Mark Tessler, John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein, and lots of more.
- Covers the heritage of relatives among Jews and Muslims world wide from the beginning of Islam to today
- Written via a global workforce of prime scholars
- Features in-depth articles on social, political, and cultural history
- Includes profiles of significant humans (Eliyahu Capsali, Joseph Nasi, Mohammed V, Martin Buber, Anwar Sadat and Menachem start, Edward acknowledged, Messali Hadj, Mahmoud Darwish) and areas (Jerusalem, Alexandria, Baghdad)
- Presents passages from crucial records of every ancient interval, comparable to the Cairo Geniza, Al-Sira, and Judeo-Persian illuminated manuscripts
- Richly illustrated with greater than 250 photographs, together with maps and colour photographs
- Includes large cross-references, bibliographies, and an index
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Saadia also compiled monographs on Jewish law in Arabic, as did other geonim, or heads of the yeshiva. Even the supposedly sacrosanct realm of Jewish law was not immune to Islamic influence. 22 Other religious developments within Judaism also drew inspiration from Islam. ”23 Later on, Sufi pietism exerted a powerful influence on Jewish religious thought and prac36 The “Golden Age” of Jewish-Muslim Relations: Myth and Reality • tice as early as the eleventh century in Spain and then, beginning in the early thirteenth century, in Egypt.
Of the many works about Maimonides and his works, see, recently, Joel L. Kraemer, Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization’s Greatest Minds (New York: Doubleday, 2008). 23. , The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), chapter 12. A refined treatment of the relations between Karaites and Rabbanites, particularly as reflected in the documents of the Cairo Geniza, is contained in Marina Rustow, Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008).
But nearly everything Jews wrote they wrote in Arabic, and this was not limited to philosophy, for which Hebrew entirely lacked a vocabulary. Poetry, the major exception, was composed in Hebrew, but it, too, bore the stamp of Arabic culture. Arabic poets prided themselves in writing in the language of their Holy Scripture, the Qur’an, believing Arabic to be the most beautiful of all languages. Jews followed suit by choosing biblical Hebrew for their poetry, asserting the wonderment and uniqueness of the language of their own scripture.