Perceiving the “Other”: <i>Jews and Muslims in the Abode Of Islam</i>

in Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226471075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226471099 | DOI:
Perceiving the “Other”: Jews and Muslims in the Abode Of Islam

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This chapter discusses the Jews and Muslims in the Abode of Islam. Islam attracted converts of all sorts in wake of the Arab conquest. Regardless of time and place, the triumphant Muslims viewed Jewish hearts as largely impenetrable to God's word. The Jews of the enlarged Abode of Islam are explained. The religious and political strife that characterized Muslim relations with the Jewish tribes of Arabia was no harbinger of Muslim relations with the older and more docile Jewish communities along the path of Islamic expansion. Muslims had no fear of uprisings from the docile and small Jewish communities. Muhammad's rupture with the Jews of Medina placed the tone for all future Muslim attitudes toward Jews. The encoded Jewish texts were generally restricted to combating Muslim claims of Muhammad's prophetic calling and, by implication, the legitimacy of his mission to the Jews.

Keywords: Jews; Muslims; Abode of Islam; Muhammad; Medina

Chapter.  8681 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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