Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages




      Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages
The exacerbation of Arab Israeli conflict at the time of the Six Day War in 1967 gave birth in some quarters to a radical revision of Jewish Arab history At stake was the longstanding, originally Jewish, myth of the interfaith utopia in which medieval Muslims and Jews peacefully cohabited in Arab lands a utopia that many Arabs claimed had continued until the emergence of modern Zionism Some Jewish writers challenged this notion with a countermyth of Islamic persecution, suggesting that Jews fared not much better socially and politically under Islamic rule than they did under Christendom Full of implications for Jewish, Islamic, and European historians, both myths form the backdrop of this provocative book aimed at enriching our understanding of medieval gentile Jewish relations Addressing general readers and specialists alike, Mark Cohen offers the first in depth explanation of why medieval Islamic Jewish relations, though not utopic, were less confrontational and violent than those between Christians and Jews in the West Cohen presents a systematic comparison of the legal, economic, and social situations of Jews in medieval Islam and Christendom, offering particularly fresh insights on issues of hierarchy, marginality, and ethnicity and on the topic of persecution and collective memory His analysis includes differences in theology that helped influence the way Muslims and Christians treated Jews Written for a broad audience, this book draws on many salient primary sources, which let the voices of medieval Islam, Christendom, and the Jews speak for themselves. Best Download Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages [ By ] Mark R. Cohen [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages
  • Mark R. Cohen
  • English
  • 12 March 2019
  • 069101082X

10 thoughts on “ Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages

  1. Mir says:

    I seem to have begun making notes at chapter 5 I can t remember now if I read the first half or not But the author seemed to mix in different times, places, and types of evidence so I m not sure how much difference it makes His overall conclusion seemed to be that under Muslim rule things sucked for the Jews, but not as much as they sucked under Christian ruleIn accounting for the fate of the Jews, Jewish historiography has traditionally placed considerable emphasis on their economic role I seem to have begun making notes at chapter 5 I can t remember now if I read the first half or not But the author seemed to mix in different times, places, and types of evidence so I m not sure how much difference it makes His overall conclusion seemed to be that under Muslim rule things sucked for the Jews, but not as much as they sucked under Christian ruleIn accounting for the fate of the Jews, Jewish historiography has traditionally placed considerable emphasis on their economic role in society It was the locus of their most frequent interaction with ChristiansThe early Christians disapproved of the accumulation of wealth, especially through commerce Jewish merchan...

  2. J.M. Hushour says:

    Cohen presents an excellent comparative approach to answer the question of whether Jews under Islamic rule fared better in terms of persecution, expulsion, and downright nastiness than they did under Christian rule.They did.This is uncontroversial What Cohen supplies is why that might be There s a wealth of detail here, touching on religious and social factors that resulted in the expanding Islamic rule in southwest Asia being a nicer place to live for Jews than, say, most of Europe where they Cohen presents an excellent comparative approach to answer the question of whether Jews under Islamic rule fared better in terms of persecution, expulsion, and downright nastiness than they did under Christian rule.They did.This is uncontr...

  3. Siria says:

    Despite the title, Under Crescent and Cross The Jews in the Middle Ages is focused as much, if not , on historiographical conceptions of, and debates about, medieval Jewish Christian and Jewish Muslim interactions as it is about those interactions themselves Cohen dubs the two main schools of thought on m...

  4. Phoenix says:

    Let Us Compare MythologiesAn interesting and scholarly read on the large scale socio political relationship of Jews in the middle ages Cohen holds that whereas animosity towards Jews in Christian countries was directed specifically and theologically towards Jews, in the case of the Muslim world Jews generally enjoyed or suffered similar treatment to other other dhimmi groups, usually Christians.Chapter 1 compares modern mythologies The first is that of the shiny happy dhimmi who was both Let Us Compare MythologiesAn interesting and scholarly read on the large scale socio po...

  5. Aryeh says:

    Read this book for two different graduate level history classes at two different schools While I appreciate the author s breadth of knowledge, the book came across as somewhat biased Going on the basic premise that Jews were persecuted less under medieval Muslim rule than under medieval Christian rule is a semi safe bet, but setting it up weakly by only giving sources that prove the point and none that might be questionable and then discussed isn t particularly good scholarship Good book if Read this book for two different graduate level history classes at two different schools While I appreciate the author s breadth of knowledge, the book came across as somewhat biased Going on the basic premise that Jews were persecuted less under medieval Muslim rule than under medieval Christi...

  6. Elliott Bignell says:

    In this medium length but magisterial treatment, Cohen seeks the causes of convivencia and the relatively happier lot of Jews under the domination of Islam contrasted with under Christianity during the Middle Ages His findings are nuanced, equivocal and satisfyingly multi factored What he does is to look into causes What he does not do is try to measure the relative tolerance of the two religious heg...

  7. Kody McCann says:

    Argument was very heavy handily given early in the book and it felt like the evidence was hand picked Still a very good overview of this time period and inter religious interaction.

  8. Damar Yoga Kusuma says:

    Cohen tries to rectify unrealistic claim in both extremes of Judeo Muslim conflicts Muslims claim that Jews live peacefully within benevolent Islam rule until the establishment of the state of Israel which shred everything into pieces and bits Similarly, Jews voiced that their live under Islamic rule suffer , or at least as much prosecution as their brethren in Christian land.Going down the historical records, comparing the legal status, economic factor, social class and religiosity on Cohen tries to rectify unrealistic claim in both extremes of Judeo Muslim conflicts Muslims claim that Jews live peacefully within benevolent Islam rule until the establishment of the state of Israel which shred everything...

  9. Bruce says:

    An academic study of the differences in treatment of Jews under Christianity and Islam The author is only covering the Middle Ages and shows Jews being treated, for the most part, much better through the ...

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