An Introduction to Islam for Jews

An Introduction to Islam for Jews

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive, authoritative and sympathetic introduction to Islam for Jewish readers provides coverage of the similarities and differences between Judaism and Islam, the complex history of Jihad and the tenuous state of Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States, Israel and Europe.

Univ of Nebraska
Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States, Israel, and Europe are tenuous. Jews and Muslims struggle to understand one another and know little about each other’s traditions and beliefs. Firestone explains the remarkable similarities and profound differences between Judaism and Islam, the complex history of Jihad, the legal and religious positions of Jews in the world of Islam, how various expressions of Islam (Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Salafi, etc.) regard Jews, the range of Muslim views about Israel, and much more. He addresses these issues and others with candor and integrity, and he writes with language, symbols, and ideas that make sense to Jews. Exploring these subjects in today’s vexed political climate is a delicate undertaking. Firestone draws on the research and writings of generations of Muslim, Jewish, and other scholars, as well as his own considerable expertise in this field. The book’s tone is neither disparaging, apologetic, nor triumphal. Firestone provides many original sources in translation, as well as an appendix of additional key sources in context. Most importantly, this book is readable and reasoned, presenting to readers for the first time the complexity of Islam and its relationship toward Jews and Judaism.

Book News
Firestone (Medieval Judaism and Islam, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles) focuses on issues regarding Islam that are of particular importance to Jews, or should be if they are not, he adds. Therefore, his account includes some topics not in introductions for wider readership, and does not include some that are. His broad themes are Islamic history in brief; God, the Qur'an, and Islamic law; and the Umma and Islam in practice. He appends some religious terminology that Islam and Judaism share, and indexes passages from the Bible and the Qur'an as well as subjects generally. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Philadelphia : JPS/Jewish Publication Society, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780827608641
Characteristics: xvi, 298 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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