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The Convergence of Judaism and Islam
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 2. Judaism and Islam: Fourteen Hundred Years of Intertwined Destiny? An Overview
  2. pp. 10-20
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  1. Section I: Religion, Law, and Mysticism
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  1. 3. Quran and Muslim Exegesis as a Source for the Bible and Ancient History
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. 4. The Quran’s Depiction of Abraham in Light of the Hebrew Bible and Midrash
  2. pp. 45-63
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  1. 5. Present at the Dawn of Islam: Polemic and Reality in the Medieval Story of Muhammad’s Jewish Companions
  2. pp. 64-88
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  1. 6. The Use of Islamic Materials by Non-Muslim Writers
  2. pp. 89-108
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  1. 7. The Martyrdom of Sol Hachuel: Ridda in Morocco in 1834
  2. pp. 109-125
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  1. 8. Halakhah through the Lens of Sharī῾ah: The Case of the Kuhlānī Synagogue in San῾ā’, 1933–1944
  2. pp. 126-146
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  1. 9. Jewish Mysticism in the Lands of the Ishmaelites: A Re-Orientation
  2. pp. 147-167
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  1. Section 2: Scientific, Professional, and Cultural Pursuits
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  1. 10. Al-Khwarizmi’s Mathematical Doctrines in Ibn-Ezra’s Biblical Commentary
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. 11. Pharmacopoeias for the Hospital and the Shop: Al-Dustur al-bimaristani and Minhaj al-dukkan
  2. pp. 190-207
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  1. 12. Jewish Parody and Allegory in Medieval Hebrew Poetry in Spain
  2. pp. 208-240
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  1. 13. Mishaf al-Shbahot—The Holy Book of Praises of the Babylonian Jews: One Thousand Years of Cultural Harmony between Judaism and Islam
  2. pp. 241-271
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  1. 14. Encounters between Jewish and Muslim Musicians throughout the Ages
  2. pp. 272-283
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  1. 16. Poverty and Charity in a Moroccan City: A Study of Jewish Communal Leadership in Meknes,1750–1912
  2. pp. 299-323
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 325-329
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 330-344
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