Muhammad’s Political Union with the Jews
Oct09

Muhammad’s Political Union with the Jews

When talking about relations between Muslims and Jews, many people have the impression that we are dealing with relations based on mutual dislike, or even hatred, and that it has always been like this. The more studied know that some of the mutual dislike that might exist, probably can be found in Muhammad’s relations to the Jews, as we find several verses in the Quran presenting the Jews in a bad light, pointing to these verses as...

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Islam in the Writings of Maimonides
Sep19

Islam in the Writings of Maimonides

This is one of the seminar papers I wrote during my graduate studies on Hebrew U. It deals with the Maimonidean understanding of Islam as a religion and the Muslims as the practitioners of the religion. For those, who wish to understand Jewish-Muslim relations and mutual attitudes, this should be of great interest to read, while also of interest for those interested in religion, history and/or interfaith relations in general. The...

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‘Abd al-Malik’s Inscription in the Dome of the Rock and its anti-Christian Polemical Nature
Aug28

‘Abd al-Malik’s Inscription in the Dome of the Rock and its anti-Christian Polemical Nature

  The Dome of the Rock is one of the most dominant monuments in Jerusalem, not only visually – standing out from general layout of the Old City with its Byzantine inspired architecture, but also symbolically being situated at the spot where the Jewish Second Temple is believed to have been situated, being an object for many controversies, even when mistaken for al-Aqsa Mosque. It has been widely acknowledged – at...

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The Israeli Millet System
Jun26

The Israeli Millet System

In an article, “The Israeli Millet System: Examining Legal Pluralism through Lenses of Nation-Building and Human Rights”,[1] Yüksel Sezgin puts a critical focus on the Israeli legal system, arguing for the problematic nature of legal pluralism in the state, and the consequences of it. Besides the proposal of a conscious Israeli choice of the Ottoman Millet system, used in order to create a unified and single Jewish identity, and being...

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