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Author Wasserstrom, Steven M.

Title Between Muslim and Jew : the problem of symbiosis under early Islam / Steven M. Wasserstrom
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1995]


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Description viii, 300 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Who Were the Jews? Problems in Profiling the Jewish Community under Early Islam -- Ch. 2. The Jewish Messiahs of Early Islam -- Ch. 3. Shi'ite and Jew between History and Myth -- Ch. 4. Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion in the Islamicate Renaissance -- Ch. 5. Origins and Angels: Popular and Esoteric Literature in Jewish-Muslim Symbiosis -- Ch. 6. Conclusion: Reflections on the History and Philosophy of Symbiosis
Summary An investigation of the milieu in which Jews and Muslims interacted sheds new light on their shared religious imaginings. Throughout, Wasserstrom expands on the work of social and political historians to include symbolic and conceptual aspects of interreligious symbiosis. The manifold ways in which Jews and Muslims understood their mutual acknowledgments of the other provides a coherent focus for Wasserstrom's examinations. This book will interest scholars of Judaism and Islam, as well as those who are attracted by the larger issues exposed by its methodology
Steven Wasserstrom undertakes a detailed analysis of the "creative symbiosis" that existed between Jewish and Muslim religious thought in the eighth through tenth centuries. Wasserstrom brings the disciplinary approaches of religious studies to bear on questions that have been examined previously by historians and by specialists in Judaism and Islam. His thematic approach provides an example of how difficult questions of influence might be opened up for broader examination
Analysis Christianity Related to Judaism
Christianity Related to Judaism
Religion & beliefs
Notes Bibliography: p239-278. _ Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-278) and index
Audience Postgraduate
Subject Islam -- Relations -- Judaism.
Jews -- Islamic Empire -- Intellectual life.
Judaism -- Relations -- Islam.
Judaism -- Islamic Empire -- History.
LC no. 94043430
ISBN 0691034559 (acid-free paper)