The Jews of Islam (Princeton Classics) by Bernard Lewis

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Probing the Muslims' perspective towards Judaism as a different case in their view of alternative non secular minorities in Islamic international locations, Bernard Lewis demolishes competing stereotypes: the fanatical warrior, sword in a single hand and Qur' an within the different, and the Muslim fashion designer of an interfaith utopia. on hand for the 1st time in paperback, his portrayal of the Judaeo-Islamic culture is decided opposed to a shiny heritage of Jewish and Islamic background.

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Yïsuf al-Falå˙í. Al-Mu¢ayyad endures many insults during this period but nevertheless remains patient. In the year 447/1055–6, the Banï Qurra, a branch of the Banï Hilål, raid Gíza. The Imam al-Mustan˚ir sends troops who defeat the tribe thoroughly after a long battle. The wazír al-Yåzïrí is congratulated by many for his victory over the Banï Qurra and receives robes of honour from the Imam. During this period, al-Mu¢ayyad visits al-Yåzïrí and regains some of his lost stature. The wazír appoints al-Mu¢ayyad to a position in the chancery but he is not pleased with this position and complains to al-Yåzïrí.

Mïså b. Abí ®ufayl ™Abd Allåh b. Mu˙ammad b. Bishr Mu˙ammad b. A˙mad b. al-™Abbås Hårïn b. Mu˙ammad b. Ru˙aym Yïsuf b. A˙mad b. al-Ashajj Sulaymån b. ™Åmir al-Zawå˙í The early career of ™Alí b. Mu˙ammad al-Íulay˙í (p. 5) ™Alí b. Mu˙ammad al-Íulay˙í was born in the village of Qatar, in the region of Óaråz. His father, Mu˙ammad al-Íulay˙í, was a qå{í in the region. Idrís describes the initiation of al-Íulay˙í in Ismaili doctrines by the då™í Sulaymån b. ™Åmir al-Zawå˙í who appointed al-Íulay˙í as his successor to the leadership of the Yamani da™wa.

Li˙ and the Banï Kilåb, al-Mu¢ayyad meets Abu’l-Óårith al-Basåsírí in al-Ra˙ba. AlMu¢ayyad describes the multitudes of different peoples, Arabs, Persians, Turks and Kurds, who have gathered there. He presents robes of honour to the amírs of the Kurds and the Arabs. The Iraqis then begin to praise the Fatimids and curse the Abbasids. Al-Mu¢ayyad distributes money to the troops. Some appear grateful to receive the payments, but others demand more. Al-Mu¢ayyad censures them for their behaviour, noting that the money they receive has been lawfully gathered and that they should act appropriately in heeding the commands of the Imam.

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