The Divergence of Judaism and Islam. Interdependence, Modernity, and Political Turmoil

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The divergence of

interdependence, modernity,

and political turmoil

Edited by Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev


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ivergence of j

udaism and i


ISBN 978-0-8130-3751-
university Press of Florida


“An impressive collection of essays that adds great depth and breadth to our
understanding of Jewish-Muslim relations in the modern period.”
—Jeffrey Kenney, author of Muslim Rebels: Kharijites and the Politics of
Extremism in Egypt

“This remarkable volume offers a rich panoply of perspectives, both on the final
chapter of Jewish minority life within the Islamic orbit and on the contemporary
relationships obtaining between Jews and Muslims and between Israel and the
Muslim nation states. The variety of eclectic approaches works synergistically to
supply nuance to these complex and often misunderstood relationships.”
—Marc S. Bernstein, author of Stories of Joseph: Narrative Migrations in
Judaism and Islam

Relations between Jews and Muslims were primarily peaceful during the medieval
and early modern periods. But as the essays in this volume demonstrate, centuries
of respectful coexistence deteriorated quickly in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries, leading to the tensions with which we are more familiar today.
A companion volume to The Convergence of Judaism and Islam, this collection
of essays explores the Jewish-Muslim relationship from the nineteenth century to
the present. Its contributors reveal how—and why—the paths of Jews and Muslims
began to diverge two centuries ago. Each group reacted quite differently to colonial
rule; the Palestine Question and the Arab-Israeli crisis helped to sour relations;
and the rise of nationalism added to the growing tensions. With contributions
from a wide variety of scholarly disciplines, this book offers a comprehensive
analysis of the complex dynamics between the two groups in more recent times.

Michael M. Laskier, professor of Middle Eastern studies and director of the
Menachem Begin Center and Endowed Chair for the Study of Resistance Move-
ments at Bar-Ilan University, is the author or editor of numerous books including
North African Jewry in the Twentieth Century, winner of the U.S. National Jewish
Book Award.
Yaacov Lev, professor of Islamic medieval history and chair of the Department
of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar-Ilan University, is the author of Charity, Endow-
ments, and Charitable Institutions in Medieval Islam.


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