This is the first encyclopedic guide to the history of relations between Jews and Muslims around the world from the birth of Islam to today. Richly illustrated and beautifully produced, the book features more than 150 authoritative and accessible articles by an international team of leading experts in history, politics, literature, anthropology, and philosophy. Organized thematically and chronologically, this indispensable reference provides critical facts and balanced context for greater historical understanding and a more informed dialogue between Jews and Muslims.
Part I covers the medieval period; Part II, the early modern period through the nineteenth century, in the Ottoman Empire, Africa, Asia, and Europe; Part III, the twentieth century, including the exile of Jews from the Muslim world, Jews and Muslims in Israel, and Jewish-Muslim politics; and Part IV, intersections between Jewish and Muslim origins, philosophy, scholarship, art, ritual, and beliefs. The main articles address major topics such as the Jews of Arabia at the origin of Islam; special profiles cover important individuals and places; and excerpts from primary sources provide contemporary views on historical events.
Contributors include 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 many more.
- Covers the history of relations between Jews and Muslims around the world from the birth of Islam to today
- Written by an international team of leading scholars
- Features in-depth articles on social, political, and cultural history
- Includes profiles of important people (Eliyahu Capsali, Joseph Nasi, Mohammed V, Martin Buber, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, Edward Said, Messali Hadj, Mahmoud Darwish) and places (Jerusalem, Alexandria, Baghdad)
- Presents passages from essential documents of each historical period, such as the Cairo Geniza, Al-Sira, and Judeo-Persian illuminated manuscripts
- Richly illustrated with more than 250 images, including maps and color photographs
- Includes extensive cross-references, bibliographies, and an index
This one-of-a-kind encyclopedic history is also available as an enhanced e-book for the iPad. The enhanced edition includes the full text of all the articles and illustrations from the print edition, along with these extra features:
- The ability to enlarge and zoom in on nearly 250 high-resolution images and maps, most in full color
- Interactive maps that link city names to relevant articles
- Pop-up definitions for highlighted words
- Interactive tables of contents that provide quick access to articles and author biographies
- Quick links to cross-referenced articles and citations
- Twenty additional archival photographs (in two slideshows)
- Video interviews with selected contributors
Abdelwahab Meddeb is professor of comparative literature at the University of Paris-X (Nanterre). His books include Islam and Its Discontents. Benjamin Stora is University Professor at the University of Paris-XIII (Villetaneuse), where he teaches the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century North Africa and the history of North African immigrants in Europe. His many books include Algeria, 1830-2000: A Short History.
Table of Contents:
Chapter I. Founding Books, Mirror Images
Chapter II. Mirrored Languages
Chapter III. Two Religions of the Law
Chapter IV. Philosophy, Science, and Intellectual Movements
Chapter V. Mysticism
Chapter VI. Art and Literature
Chapter VII. Memory and History