The Use of Islamic Materials by Non-Muslim Writers

Yehoshua Frenkel

in The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036496
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041810 | DOI:
The Use of Islamic Materials by Non-Muslim Writers

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This chapter provides a full spectrum of Jewish-Muslim Interrelationship by painting a broad picture of Jewishness within the matrix of the Muslim state and society. This study is neither an investigation into the interdependence between Islam and Judaism nor an attempt to reveal commonalities in the holy sources. Relating to the post-632 CE periods under the Caliphates, it is argued that the Muslim version of the rise of Islam and the position of the Jews within the Muslim state was not challenged by the Jews, who instead chose to “manipulate the dominant Islamic version of the past and used it to tell a historical story that supported their own case.” The chapter utilizes a sixteenth-century Hebrew text of Joseph b. Isaac Sambari that recounts Jewish history under Islam, concluding that the non-Muslims “learned to read Islamic tradition in a subversive way” and have produced what can be dubbed a “counter story.”

Keywords: Arabic; Judeo-Arabic; Hebrew; Syriac; Caliphate; Shari'ah; Ahl al-Dhimma; Ahl al-Kitab

Chapter.  8553 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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