Courbage, Y./Fargues, P.: Christians and Jews…

May 21st, 2009

Youssef Courbage and Philippe Fargues, (trans. Judy Mabro), Christians and Jews Under Islam.

London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 1997.

ISBN: 1860640133, 1860642853

Publisher Description

This work charts the political, sociological and demographic factors that have shaped the position of Christian and Jewish minorities under Islam in the past and today. Focusing on the Arab world and on Turkey, the authors show how Christianity and Judaism survived and, at times, even prospered in the region, thus modifying the view of Islam as an inevitably unbending and radical religion. They also demonstrate that the position of the minorities was badly affected in the wake of confrontations with the Christian West – at the time of the Crusades, after the first victories of the Spanish Reconquista, with the humiliations meted out to the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans and North Africa, and once again with the creation of the state of Israel.

Submission: Christine Lindner, 14 May 2009

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