Synopses & Reviews
Islamic Jerusalem has a special place in the hearts of the three monotheistic religions. Throughout its history it has been the site of tolerance and tensions. Islamic Jerusalem and its Christians presents a critical look at historical events during the time of two key figures in the history of Islam: firstly Caliph 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, who played a critically important role in the birth and spread of Islam. Secondly Sultan Salah al-Din, the legendary 'Saladdin' of Western Crusader lore, whose peace negotiations with Richard the Lion-Heart, King of England Abu Munshar brings to life here. This pioneering study uses extensive original research to explore Muslim treatment of non-Muslims in the 7th Century and in the Middle Ages. A valuable source of reference for all interested in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, Religion and Medieval History, Islamic Jerusalem and its Christians establishes and develops new evidence for academic debate.
"The book brings forward new approaches and horizons as well as new evidence that can stir the academic debate relating to Muslim-Christians relations in general and Muslims treatment of Christians in Jerusalem in particular...an extremely important piece of research and an invaluable contribution to Middle Eastern, historical and religious studies as well as addressing international relations." - Dr. Mahdi Zahraa, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies Programme in the Division of Law Glasgow Caledonian University
About the Author
Maher Abu-Munshar is a Lecturer at Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements * Introduction * Islamic sources and the treatment of non-Muslims * 'Umar's treatment of Christians * 'Umar and the Christians of Islamic Jerusalem * Salah al-Din's treatment of Christians * Salah al-Din and the Christians of Islamic Jerusalem * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography * Glossary * Index