In Ishmael's House

In Ishmael's House

A History Of Jews In Muslim Lands

Book - 2010
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From one of the most popular historians writing today comes a book as fascinating as the bestsellers of Karen Armstrong and Reza Aslan.

In this captivating chronicle, Martin Gilbert shines new light on a controversial dilemma in the modern world: the troubled relationship between Jews and Muslims. Beginning at the dawn of Islam and sweeping from the Atlantic Ocean to the mountains of Afghanistan, Gilbert presents the first popular and authoritative history of Jewish peoples under Muslim rule. He confronts with wisdom and compassion the stormy events in their dramatic story, including anti-Zionist movements and the forced exodus to Israel. He also gives special attention to the twentieth century and to the current political debate about refugee status and restitution.

Throughout, Gilbert weaves a compelling narrative of perseverance, struggle, and renewal marked by surprising moments of tolerance and partnership. A monumental and timely book, Jews under Muslim Rule is a crowning achievement that confirms Martin Gilbert as one of the foremost historians of our time.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2010.
ISBN: 9780771033698
Characteristics: xxiii, 424 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 06, 2015

This is just a caution for those who'd take too seriously the Globe & Mail summation cited by "debwalker."
I have yet to read this book, but its author's death has prompted me to peruse what books the OPL has of his. Contrary to that excerpted blurb, this book is said to provide a fair review of the coexistence of Jews and Muslims at least in north Africa--and of the arbitrariness in recent years of the enmity that's been stoked.

debwalker Jan 02, 2011

Chronicles the rise of Islam through the eyes of Jews living under Muslim domination. Its story of conquest, persecution and discrimination is tempered by complex political histories." Paula Newberg Globe & Mail Jan 1 2011

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