History as Prelude

History as Prelude : Muslims and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean

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This collection of essays by seven scholars is a straightforward narrative of real world-intellectual, commercial, spiritual, philosophical, scientific, esthetic-creative engagement among Jews, Muslims, and some Christians in daily life in Spain and around the Mediterranean. History as Prelude is a major contribution to the Israeli-Arab peace process because it undermines-in fact, blows away-the efforts of propagandists who serve governments or political movements to negate the reality of the Arab-Jewish relationship in the medieval Mediterranean. The contributors, in unassuming, well-researched scholarship have erected a wall protecting historical reality from distortion, providing irrefutable-and often delightful-examples of creative coexistence.show more

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  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739168142
  • 9780739168141

About Joseph V. Montville

Joseph V. Montville is director of Toward the Abrahamic Family Reunion, (abrahamicfamilyreunion.org). He is also Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at American University and Chair of the Board & Senior Fellow for the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. He is also a senior associate in the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in N. Andover, MA.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface: Recovering History: A Psychodynamic Approach to Peacemaking Chapter 2 1. Jewish and Islamic Life in the Middle Ages: Through the Window of the Cairo Geniza Chapter 3 2. Sharing Science: Jews, Muslims and Practical Science in the Medieval Islamic World Chapter 4 3. "The Battle of Alfuente" by Samuel the Nagid Chapter 5 4. On Muslim Curiosity and the Historiography of the Jews of Yemen Chapter 6 5. Doctors without Borders: Medicine in the Mediterranean World Chapter 7 6. Merchants and Cross-Cultural Commerce in the Medieval Mediterranean World Chapter 8 7. Sufism and Philosophy in Muslim Spain and the Medieval Mediterranean Worldshow more

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