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Jerusalem occupies a unique and perilous position, as the place in which the three monotheistic religions overlap and collide. For those who have lived in it, the history of this much contested city is one of both tolerance and tension. Maher Abu-Munshar explores Muslim treatment of non-Muslims, critically comparing the periods of the two Islamic conquests of Jerusalem. Caliph 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab conquered the city in the 7th century, and Sultan Salah al-Din, the legendary 'Saladdin' of Western Crusader lore, took back Jerusalem in the Middle Ages. Abu-Munshar counters western and orientalist arguments that the Islamic conquest in these two periods left the life of non-Muslims in disarray, and establishes important new evidence for debate in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Medieval History and Religion.
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The book brings forward new approaches and horizons as well as new evidence that can stir the academic debate relating to Muslim-Christians relations in general and Muslims treatment of Christians in Jerusalem in particular...an extremely important piece of research and an invaluable contribution to Middle Eastern, historical and religious studies as well as addressing international relations.
Dr. Mahdi Zahraa, Glasgow Caledonian University
With the indigenous Christian community in the Holy Land dwindling as never before and the relationship between Muslims and Christians in Palestine coming under renewed scrutiny, Maher Abu-Munshar's Islamic Jerusalem and its Christians provides an authoritative, reliable and accessible sourcebook with which to understand the complexities of Muslim-Christian relations in the Holy Land. Abu-Munshar's erudition,control of his subject and readable style makes this book an indispensible addition to any bibliography exploring the history of Jerusalem and should be highly recommended to all visitors to Jerusalem of any faith or none.No other book can compete with it in this sphere.
Professor Martin O Kane, Biblical Studies, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
In Islamic Jerusalem and its Christians,Dr. Abu-Munshar provides the reader with a consistent and positive defence of the Muslim position on Jerusalem and Muslim treatment of Christians in the period from the Muslim conquest to the Crusades.He lays out the case clearly,supporting the argument with primary and secondary sources, providing a contextual analysis of the politics of Jerusalem at the time.The book promises to serve as fascinating fodder for discussion and debate about our modern interpretation of a pivotal period in the relations between Christianity and Islam.
Dr. Paul S. Rowe, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept of History, Geography, and Political and International Studies, Trinity Western University
This is an important and timely book that should appeal to students and specialists alike. At a time when the clash of civilizations thesis has dominated public as well political discourse, Maher Y. Abu Munshar has written a much-needed corrective to many misconceptions about Muslim-Christian encounters in Islamic Jerusalem. Based on primary and original sources, this book is an objective investigation of the dynamics and conditions that shaped Muslim-Christian interactions in one of the most significant cities in monotheistic traditions. Focusing on the two most dramatic moments in Islamic presence in Jerusalem under the leadership of Umar Ibn al-Khattab (d. 644) and Salah al-Din (d. 1193) respectively, Abu Munshar provides a number of significant insights into the history of religious tolerance and political tension between Muslim and Christian communities in Jerusalem. --Mazhar Al-Zo by, Professor of culture and Politics, Qatar University
Maher Abu-Munshar is Assistant Professor of Islamic History at Qatar University.
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