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An Introduction to Islam for Jews
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Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States, Israel, and Europe are tenuous. Jews and Muslims struggle to understand one another and know little about each other's traditions and beliefs. Firestone explains the remarkable similarities and profound differences between Judaism and Islam, the complex history of Jihad, the legal and religious positions of Jews in the world of Islam, how various expressions of Islam (Sunni, Shi`a, Sufi, Salafi, etc.) regard Jews, the range of Muslim views about Israel, and much more. He addresses these issues and others with candor and integrity, and he writes with language, symbols, and ideas that make sense to Jews. Exploring these subjects in today's vexed political climate is a delicate undertaking. Firestone draws on the research and writings of generations of Muslim, Jewish, and other scholars, as well as his own considerable expertise in this field. The book's tone is neither disparaging, apologetic, nor triumphal. Firestone provides many original sources in translation, as well as an appendix of additional key sources in context. Most importantly, this book is readable and reasoned, presenting to readers for the first time the complexity of Islam and its relationship toward Jews and Judaism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xvi
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  1. PART ONE: A SURVEY OF ISLAMIC HISTORY
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. CHAPTER 1. Why an Introduction to Islam Specifically for Jews?
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Arabs and Israelites
  2. pp. 5-9
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Pre-Islamic Origins
  2. pp. 10-16
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  1. CHAPTER 4. The Emergence of Islam
  2. pp. 34-49
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Muhammad and the Jews of Medina
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. CHAPTER 6. The Death of the Prophet and the Expansion of the Community
  2. pp. 43-51
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  1. CHAPTER 7. The Conquests
  2. pp. 52-59
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  1. CHAPTER 8. The Caliphal Dynasties
  2. pp. 60-69
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  1. CHAPTER 9. The Decline of the Muslim World
  2. pp. 70-76
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  1. PART TWO: GOD, THE QUR’AN, AND ISLAMIC LAW
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. CHAPTER 10: God
  2. pp. 79-84
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  1. CHAPTER 11: The Five Doctrines or “Pillars of Faith ”
  2. pp. 85-91
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  1. CHAPTER 12: The Evolution of Formal Theology
  2. pp. 92-99
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  1. CHAPTER 13: The Qur’an
  2. pp. 100-113
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  1. CHAPTER 14: The Interpretive Tradition
  2. pp. 114-123
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  1. CHAPTER 15: The Prophetic Record
  2. pp. 124-133
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  1. CHAPTER 16: Islamic Law
  2. pp. 134-141
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  1. CHAPTER 17: The Workings of the Sharī`a
  2. pp. 142-146
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  1. PART THREE THE UMMA: ISLAM IN PRACTICE
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. CHAPTER 18: The Umma and the Caliphate
  2. pp. 166-173
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  1. CHAPTER 19: The Five Pillars of Islam
  2. pp. 157-175
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  1. CHAPTER 20: A Sixth Pillar? Jihād
  2. pp. 176-183
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  1. CHAPTER 21: The Range of Practice among Muslims
  2. pp. 184-190
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  1. CHAPTER 22: Sufism
  2. pp. 191-198
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  1. CHAPTER 23: The Shī`a
  2. pp. 216-218
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  1. CHAPTER 24: Mosque and Clergy
  2. pp. 202-204
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  1. CHAPTER 25: The Calendar
  2. pp. 205-209
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  1. CHAPTER 26: The Muslim Life-Cycle
  2. pp. 210--224
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  1. CHAPTER 27: Personal Observance
  2. pp. 225-234
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 235-239
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  1. End notes
  2. pp. 240-252
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  1. APPENDIX: Islam and Judaism: Some Related Religious Terminology
  2. p. 253
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 254-268
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-272
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  1. Scriptural Index: Verses from the Qur’an and the Bible
  2. pp. 273-281
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 282-298
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