In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands

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Relationships between Jews and Muslims have known many flashpoints, affecting stability in the Middle East and with consequences around the globe. In this absorbing and eloquent book, Martin Gilbert challenges the standard media portrayal, presenting instead a fascinating account of hope, opportunity, fear and terror that have characterised these two people throughout the 1,400 years of their entwined history. Harking back to the Biblical story of Ishmael and Isaac, Gilbert takes the reader from the origins of the fraught relationship - the refusal of Medina's Jews to accept Mohammed as a prophet - through the ages of the Crusader reconquest of the Holy Land and the great Muslim sultanates to the present day. He explores the impact of Zionism in the first half of the twentieth century, the clash of nationalisms during the Second World War, the mass expulsions and exodus of 800,000 Jews from Muslim lands following the birth of Israel, the Six-Day War and its aftermath, and the political sensitivities of the current Middle East. "In Ishmael's House" sheds light on a time of prosperity and opportunity for Jews in Muslim lands stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan, with many instances of Muslim openness, support and courage. Drawing on Jewish, Christian and Muslim sources, Gilbert uses archived material, poems, letters, memoirs and personal testimony to uncover the human voice of this centuries-old conflict. Ultimately, Gilbert's moving account of mutual tolerance between Muslims and Jews provides a perspective on current events and a template for the future.

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Physical description; xxiii, 424 p., [16] of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Notes; Includes bibliographical references (p. 380-398) and index. Contents; Before Islam -- The prophet Mohammed and the Jews -- The first four hundred years under Islam -- Jews and Muslims in the age of the Crusades -- The Ottoman sultans and other Muslim rulers, (1324-1699) -- The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries -- Progress and peril : toward the twentieth century -- The first years of the twentieth century and the emergence of Zionism -- Jewish and Arab nationalism : the first world war and after -- The nineteen thirties -- The second world war : a time of danger -- Towards liberation, and an uncertain future -- The United Nations Palestine Partition resolution -- The creation of the State of Israel, 14 May 1948 -- Iraq, (1948-1952) -- Egypt, (1951-1961) -- The exodus continues, (1950-1967) -- The Six-Day War of 1967 and its aftermath -- A new life in new lands -- The search for recognition -- Jews who remain in Muslim lands. Summary; Reflects upon the historical relationship between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, from the origins to the present day, exploring the impact of Zionism, clashing nationalisms, and the Six-Day War. Subjects; Judaism - Relations - Islam. Islam - Relations - Judaism. Jews - Islamic countries - History. Jews - Islamic Empire - History. Jewish studies ; History of religion ; Islamic studies. Social Science / Jewish Studies. Social Science / Islamic Studies. Genres; Bibliography. Illustrated. still image.

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`Gilbert explores the relationship between Jews and Muslims from the 7th century to the present day. A valuable, balanced contribution.' --The Times, 4th September 2010

`Gilbert's book is an illuminating and a moving account of the history of the Jews in Arab lands.'
--Avi Shlaim, Financial Times, 29th August 2010

`A complex story that offers a template for the future.'
--Ham & High Wood & Vale, 2nd September 2010

`...a triumph of truth over propaganda...a valuable contribution to restoring Jews to the history books of the Middle East.'
--Lyn Julius, Jewish Chronicle, 15th October 2010

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