By Bernard Lewis
This landmark e-book probes Muslims’ attitudes towards Jews and Judaism as a different case in their view of alternative non secular minorities in predominantly Muslim societies. With authority, sympathy and wit, Bernard Lewis demolishes competing stereotypes: the Islamophobic photo of the fanatical Muslim warrior, sword in a single hand and Qur’ān within the different, and the overly romanticized depiction of Muslim societies as interfaith utopias.
Featuring a brand new creation via Mark R. Cohen, this Princeton Classics variation units the Judaeo-Islamic culture opposed to a bright history of Jewish and Islamic background. For these wishing a concise evaluate of the lengthy interval of Jewish-Muslim relatives, The Jews of Islam is still an important place to begin.
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13 Several p o in ts m u st be n o te d in c o n sid e rin g th ese a n d o th e r sim ila r p assag es. F irst, th e ju rists, w ith th e ir m o re h u m a n e a n d also m o re p ra c tic a l a ttitu d e , b elo n g to th e early p e rio d o f Islam , w h e n it w as co n fid en t a n d e x p a n d in g ; th e c o m m e n ta to r s cited w ere w ritin g in a p e rio d o f c o n tra c tio n a n d c o n strain t, w hen Islam w as u n d er th re a t b o th at hom e an d ab ro ad . Second, th e re can be n o d o u b t th a t it is th e a ttitu d e s o f th e ju rists, r a th e r th a n o f th e c o m m e n ta to rs a n d o th e r th e o lo g i an s, th a t m o re a c c u ra tely reflect th e p ra c tic e o f M u slim ru lers a n d a d m in is tra to rs .
This was done by the simple device of defining the caliphate in terms of theological and juridical treatises and the presidency in terms of the latest scandals ISLAM AND OTHER RELIGIONS ■ J from Washington. It would of course be equally easy, if any one thought it worth the trouble, to demonstrate the reverse by the same method—by defining the presidency in terms of the constitution, and the caliphate in terms of gossip from medieval Baghdad, which is not lacking in the sources at our disposal.
T h is d e n o te s th e legal sta tu s o f th e n o n -M u slim fro m o u tsid e w h o com es as a m e rc h a n t o r en v o y a n d stay s fo r a w hile u n d e r M u slim rule. H e is n o t a dhitnm t a n d is n o t su b je c t to th e p o ll ta x a n d o th e r disab ilities. T h e M u slim law b o o k s discuss in som e d etail th e g ra n tin g o f am ān — w h e n , by w h o m , to w h o m , a n d o n w h a t c o n d itio n s it m ay be g ra n te d . T h e amān w a s in p rin cip le given fo r a lim ite d p e rio d , a n d th e v isito r fro m o u tsid e w h o b ecam e a p e rm a n e n t re sid e n t c h a n g e d his sta tu s fro m m u stď m in to dhim m ī.
The Jews of Islam (Princeton Classics) by Bernard Lewis