The convergence of Judaism and Islam: Religious, scientific, and cultural dimensions

Michael M. Laskier (Editor), Yaacov Lev (Editor)

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Abstract

The Convergence of Judaism and Islam offers fifteen interdisciplinary studies that investigate the complex relationships between the cultures of Jews and Muslims during the medieval and early modern periods. They reveal that, for the most part, Jewish-Muslim relations were peaceful and involved intellectual and professional cooperation. Eschewing a chronological approach and featuring contributions from European, Israeli, and North American scholars, including veterans and recent PhDs, the volume makes many fascinating and stimulating juxtapositions. To give one example, chapters on early Islam and the shaping of Jewish-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages shed light on the legal battles over the status of synagogues in twentieth-century Yemen or the execution of a fourteen-year-old girl in nineteenth-century Morocco. Sure to provoke controversy and discussion, this volume focuses on a period of free exchange between these two cultures that resulted in some of the most seminal breakthroughs in math, science, and medicine the world has known.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
Number of pages344
ISBN (Print)0813036496, 9780813036496
StatePublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012
This book offers a fresh examination of Muslim and Jewish cultural interactions during the medieval and early modern periods. The fifteen interdisciplinary studies assembled here investigate the complex relationship between these two monotheistic religions and reveal that, with respect to cultural diversity and professional cooperation, Jews and Muslims coexisted relatively peacefully for centuries. As has previously been demonstrated, these relationships would quickly deteriorate in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. That fact often colors our view of early religious, scientific, and cultural interactions between Jews and Muslims. These chapters remind us that this period of free exchange of information fostered important advancements in math, medicine, and the law. Chapters on early Islam and the shaping of Jewish-Muslim relationships in the Middle Ages shed light on the legal battles over the status of synagogues in twentieth-century Yemen or the execution of a fourteen-year-old girl in nineteenth-century Morocco.

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