Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History

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THE LEGACY OF ISLAMIC ANTISEMITISM: FROM SACRED TEXTS TO SOLEMN HISTORY by Andrew G. Bostom Prometheus, 766 pages, $39.98

Why do Muslims seem to have a problem with the Jews? What could explain all the kidnappings, assassinations, conspiracy theories, fantastic libels, hateful sermons, and disturbing public statements? Why did a recent survey find Europe's Muslims were eight times more likely to be overtly antisemitic than Christians?

Andrew Bostom's Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism is the place to look for answers. He painstakingly demonstrates that Islamic antisemitism is as old as Islam itself, supporting his analyses with five hundred pages of sources.

Included in these sources are the anti-Jewish polemical verses of the Qur'an, excerpts from Muhammad's canonical biographies, theological statements of leading Islamic scholars from the earliest times to the present day, and many historical sources that document a grim history of prejudice and abuse. …

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