Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Arab World: The Roots of Sectarianism

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August 2001



Masters explores the history of Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire and how their identities evolved over four hundred years. While early communities lived within the hierarchy of Muslim law, the nineteenth century witnessed radical change. In response to Western influences, conflict erupted between Muslims and Christians across the empire. This marked the beginning of tensions that informed the rhetoric of religious fundamentalism in the empire's successor states throughout the twentieth century. Thus Masters negotiates the present through the past, contributing to our understanding of the contemporary Muslim world.


Introduction: 1. The limits of tolerance: the social status of non-Muslims in the Ottoman Arab lands; 2. The Ottoman Arab world: a diversity of sects and peoples; 3. Merchants and missionaries in the seventeenth century: the West intrudes; 4. New opportunities and challenges in the 'long' eighteenth century; 5. Intercommunal dissonance in the nineteenth century; 6. After the 'events': the search for community in the twilight of empire; Conclusion.


'... this book is extremely well written ... It deserves a wide audience.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 'This extremely well-researched and insightful book is of great interest not only to academics, but also to a wider readership eager to understand the present turmoil in the former provinces of the Ottoman Empire and to imagine solutions to their crises.' Middle Eastern Studies 'The richness of the book in terms of scope, its careful argument in the interpretation of individual events and actions, based on primary source material of various kinds, and the well organized synthesis of numerous divergent strains, offer more than a unified new key to the sectarian violence of the 19th century. It will certainly become an important assignment in graduate and undergraduate courses on the Arab World in Ottoman times, and on minorities in the Middle East in general.' JESHO '... a valuable contribution to our understanding of the relationship of religion, identity, and politics in the Arab Middle East.' Rebecca Bryant, Ethnic and Racial Studies
EAN: 9780521803335
ISBN: 0521803330
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Criminolo'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2001
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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