By Martin Gilbert

ISBN-10: 0771033699

ISBN-13: 9780771033698

The connection among Jews and Muslims has been a flashpoint that has effects on balance within the heart East and has outcomes world wide. during this soaking up and eloquent booklet Martin Gilbert demanding situations the normal media portrayal and offers a desirable account of desire, chance, worry, and terror that experience characterised those peoples throughout the 1,400 years in their intertwined history.

Harking again to the Biblical tale of Ishmael and Isaac, Gilbert takes the reader from the origins of the fraught relationship—the refusal of Medina's Jews to simply accept Mohammed as a prophet—through the a long time of the Crusader reconquest of the Holy Land and the nice Muslim sultanates to the current day. He explores the effect of Zionism within the first 1/2 the 20th century, the conflict of nationalisms through the moment international conflict, the mass expulsions and exodus of 800,000 Jews from Muslim lands following the beginning of Israel, the Six-Day struggle and its aftermath, and the political sensitivities of the present center East.

In Ishmael's House sheds gentle on a time of prosperity and chance for Jews in Muslim lands stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan, with many cases of Muslim openness, help, and braveness. Drawing on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim assets, Gilbert makes use of archived fabric, poems, letters, memoirs, and private testimony to discover the human voice of this centuries-old clash. finally Gilbert's relocating account of mutual tolerance among Muslims and Jews presents a viewpoint on present occasions and a template for the longer term.

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It was transported in sacks or even wrapped in the peasant’s cloak, and we are told that in winter it soaked up water to become slimy mud. So it would seem to have been made up of earthy material, perhaps mud-brick or wattle and clay, rather than stone. It was deposited outside the gates of the walled city. I don’t know whether we can deduce that we can expect to find rubbish outside the walls in the neighbourhood of the gates of ancient cities generally. Antioch itself is now under so many meters of soil that it would be very difficult to test Libanius’ testimony by excavation there.

All these essays were written after my retirement, but I have continued to enjoy the advantage of being able consult the scholarship of former colleagues at Nottingham University. When I was struggling with some problem of the later Roman world, John Drinkwater or Andrew Poulter frequently came up with the solution. I must record a special debt of gratitude to the late Robert Markus, who read the first draft of most of these chapters, some of them several times. His vigilance has saved me from many omissions and errors.

25–30. , 30–32. 79–84. 17 A humbler group of officials the amphodarchai are charged with seeking out persons who have thrown refuse on the street or used it to cut stones, make mortar, or even bricks, or who had dug cesspools and not covered them. The officials are to order the persons responsible to remove the forbidden matter or to cover the cesspool. 18 No one is allowed to water sheep in a public fountain or to wash clothes or anything else in them. 19 House owners also have the duty to keep cisterns water-tight and to prevent them from filling up with rubbish or soil.

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