Christians “Adhere to God's Book,” but Muslims “Judaize”

David M. Freidenreich

in Foreigners and Their Food

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520253216
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950276 | DOI:
Christians “Adhere to God's Book,” but Muslims “Judaize”

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This chapter shows that the different methods by which Christians and Muslims traditionally classify foreigners dictate the different ways in which they interpret information about the religious practices of foreigners. Islamic and Christian discourse about one another's food also reflects a fundamental difference between Sunni and Christian conceptions of foreigners: the former ascribe specific significance to Christianity as well as to Judaism, whereas the latter—even in their discussions of Muslims—are concerned primarily about the Jews. Because foreign food restrictions embody conceptions of the relationships between “us” and “them”, they shed light on the different roles which foreigners play in the medieval self-definitions of Sunni Islam and Latin Christianity.

Keywords: Christians; Muslims; foreigners; religious practices; food restrictions; Sunni; Christianity; Judaism; Jews; Islam

Chapter.  5517 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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