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Approaching Non-Muslim Identities in Islamic History

Kurt J. Werthmuller

in Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970238 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163456.003.0002
Approaching Non-Muslim Identities in Islamic History

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The theoretical and historiographical study of non-Muslims in Islamic history is one of the main approaches this book takes. During the Islamic period, non-Muslims were not exactly “on the fringes” of the Egyptian society; they were the wielders of politics and society and clearly in Cohen's terms, they were “incongruent and incommensurate.” In addition, reference made in the historical literature to the fate of non-Muslims throughout medieval Islam is presented here. Included as well is the writing which argued that dhimmi communities thrived during the making of the Islamic Middle Period “Golden Age” for non-Muslims. Furthermore, central to the presentation of this study is the assumption that answers the questions demonstrated under the Ayyubid era.

Keywords: theoretical study; historiographical study; non-Muslims; Islamic; Egyptian

Chapter.  7986 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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