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In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands e-book

by Martin Gilbert

He dedicates In Ishmael's House, somewhat preciously, to the 13 million Jews and 1,300 million Muslims . Rabbi David J Goldberg's To the Promised Land: A History of Zionist Thought was recently reissued by Faber Finds.

He dedicates In Ishmael's House, somewhat preciously, to the 13 million Jews and 1,300 million Muslims in the world "in the hope that they may renew the mutual tolerance, respect and partnership that marked many periods in their history". In truth, however, there is little fresh to be said about that long and complex relationship because it has all been covered before by more specialist scholars.

In Ishmael's House book. A monumental and timely book, Jews under Muslim Rule is a crowning achievement that confirms Martin Gilbert as one of the foremost historians of our time.

A monumental and timely book, Jews under Muslim Rule is a crowning achievement that confirms Martin Gilbert as. .From one of the most popular historians writing today comes a book as fascinating as the bestsellers of Karen Armstrong and Reza Aslan.

A monumental and timely book, Jews under Muslim Rule is a crowning achievement that confirms Martin Gilbert as one of the foremost historians of our time. In this captivating chronicle, Martin Gilbert shines new light on a controversial dilemma in the modern world: the troubled relationship between Jews and Muslims. Beginning at the dawn of Islam and sweeping from the Atlantic Ocean to the mountains of Afghanistan, Gilbert presents the first popular and authoritative history of Jewish peoples under Muslim rule.

Book Excerpt: To forestall any further Blood Libel accusations in Muslim lands, the British philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore travelled with a Jewish delegation first to Cairo and then to Istanbul. There he persuaded the Sultan, Abdul Mejid, to declare the Blood Libel a fallacy and to forbid its propagation anywhere in the Ottoman Empire. The Sultan's decree was issued on 6 November 184.The Sultan’s decree was emphatic in its defence of the Jews and the Jewish religion. It began: 'An ancient prejudice has prevailed against the Jews.

The subtitle to Martin Gilbert's new book (his 81st?) is a little misleading.

This is a remarkable book by Sir Martin Gilbert, a bestselling author. Gilbert is conscious of the opportunities for Jews in Muslim lands, from Morocco to Afghanistan and dedicates the book to peace between Jews and Muslims. In the Bibliography and the Glossary he demonstrates his use of documents from Jewish, Christian and Muslim sources and books, articles, newspapers, and archives from the Middle East, England and the United States. There is a full index.

SiddiqiNoman Ahmad: Land revenue administration under the Mughals (1700–1750). ix, 183 pp. London: Asia Publishing House for the Centre of Advanced Study, Dept. of History, Aligarh Muslim University,

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The relationship between Jews and Muslims has been a flashpoint that affects stability in the Middle East and has consequences around the globe. In this absorbing and eloquent book Martin Gilbert challenges the standard media portrayal and presents a fascinating account of hope, opportunity, fear, and terror that have characterized these two peoples through the 1,400 years of their intertwined history.

Harking back to the Biblical story of Ishmael and Isaac, Gilbert takes the reader from the origins of the fraught relationship—the refusal of Medina’s Jews to accept Mohammed as a prophet—through the ages of the Crusader reconquest of the Holy Land and the great Muslim sultanates to the present day. He explores the impact of Zionism in the first half of the twentieth century, the clash of nationalisms during the Second World War, the mass expulsions and exodus of 800,000 Jews from Muslim lands following the birth of Israel, the Six-Day War and its aftermath, and the political sensitivities of the current Middle East.

In Ishmael’s House sheds light on a time of prosperity and opportunity for Jews in Muslim lands stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan, with many instances of Muslim openness, support, and courage. Drawing on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sources, Gilbert uses archived material, poems, letters, memoirs, and personal testimony to uncover the human voice of this centuries-old conflict. Ultimately Gilbert’s moving account of mutual tolerance between Muslims and Jews provides a perspective on current events and a template for the future.

For those willing to actually take the time and make the effort to understand the truth about Muslim-Jewish relations throughout history, here's the place to find it.
The bottom line...there has never been a 'golden age' of tolerance and brotherhood; rather there have been times when Jews were less oppressed and persecuted in Muslim nations; but the real big-picture this book shows is that Muslims got used to having very valuable and productive Jews among them for a very long time, despite the oppression, theft, and abuse, in order to exploit them and take their lives and property basically whenever they wished, to use them as scapegoats for whatever 'tragedy' befell them (for example, the French invasion of Morocco), and more importantly, they got used to Jews being subservient to them for hundreds of years. Thus the great hate and envy they still harbor, now that the Jews are free and they no longer have the benefits of having them in their countries.
The subject is not often touched upon, but it has never been set out so well. From the beginnings of Islam to the Mediaeval period, to the rise of Zionism and the emigration of Jews from Arab lands during the Arab-Israeli conflict, the book covers a lot, and is done so fairly well. Though it is depressing in some points to see the brutality with which Jews were treated, there is a significant deal of coverage in the many countries and periods involved.
I am of the opinion that more depth could have been giving to mediaeval period, and perhaps a little more in descriptions of industrial and economic proportions throughout the 1400 years and all the countries the book covers.
Martin Gilbert is a prolific writer, and this book is no exception in his eighty-plus bestselling books.
Overall I recommend this book if you are widely interested in the subject. Perhaps borrow it from a library/friend first to see if you like it.
A very informative resource which helps fill in some of the 'blanks' regarding the history and experiences of the only people group which has survived despite repeated efforts to exterminate. It helps to understand the current mindset of many of the Jewish community.
If one wishes to understand the history of 50% of the Israel population this book is fundamental. It points out clearly the myth of Israel colonization and that the real victims of the Mideast are the 100,000 persecuted Jews who lived in Arab countries prior to Israel statehood and not the so called 600,000 Arabs who mostly left Israel of their own accord. Necessary reading inorder to understand the facts of the formation of Israel.
The history of the Jews in Arab/Muslim invaded countries is not very well know, but extremely important for the Jewish people. Martin Gilbert's writing is clear, concise and the stories are breathtaking.
Very recommendable to anyone interested in Jewish or general history and a must for historians and Middle East researchers.
This is much ignored topic: the fate of the large Jewish population, going back to antiquity, in the Arab/Muslim lands plus Iran and Turkey,in the Middle East. Sir Martin Gilbert is a prolific writer on Jewish history, especially on the Holocaust. I find his writing balanced, credible, full of factual backup, yet not pedantic or obscure. While he discusses many positive aspects of the Jewish presence throughout history in this area, he especially focuses on the persecution, religious bigotry, and mass expulsions and threats that resulted in the virtually total disappearance of Jews from Arab countries. This provides contrast to the Palestinian claims for redress to their similar number of refugees from Israel since 1948. Gilbert's scope is vast, but his account of the plight of Arab Jews within Muslim lands during and since W.W.II is especially poignant. Their rescue and re-gathering in Israel is also moving. No compensation has ever been offered. Thoroughly recommended; I have given it as gifts to friends.
Another must read for every American, Christian, and everyone who does not want to be deceived by Islamists
This is an excellent overview of the history of the Jews in Muslim lands. If you are
really interested in Jewish history and Jewish life, you will want to read also the
recently published individual accounts of Jewish life in Egypt, in Iraq and in

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