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Reader comment on item: The Jewish-Muslim Connection: Traditional Ways of Life

Submitted by Chemla Véronique (France), Sep 19, 2010 at 00:29

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Your article is clear and well documented.

I think some major informations are still lacking. For instance :

- The Halakha is part of a Jewish conception of the world. The Shari'a is part of or defines a Muslim conception of a hierarchized world which abrogates Judaism.

  • - I think that the Tsedaka is quite different front the Zarkat which seems to help only Muslims.
  • - Jews pray standing or sitting. They don't prostrate. They don't face Mecca.
  • - In France, many young Muslims have reislamized themselves, in particuliar Muslim bourgeoisie who eat in Halal restaurants. And there are more and more practicing Jews. Your article was published in 1981.
  • - If men and women are separated one from another in both religions, Jews don't commit "honor crimes", they don't stone women to death for adultery, etc.

  • - I don't think that "the battle over Halakha is over". In France, Jewish women fight for equal rights with men, etc.
  • Votre article est très argumenté, clair et dense.

    Certes l'islam à ses origines a emprunté au judaïsme et il y a des ressemblances dans la pratique : rôle des rabbins/oulémas, méthodes d'enseignement, etc.

    Mais, il me semble que vous omettez des faits importants et un contexte, qui réduisent ces ressemblances :

    • le judaïsme et l'islam veulent que les actes les plus divers soient soumis à la "loi". Cependant, la halakha s'inscrit dans une conception juive du monde. La charia s'inscrit ou définit une vision musulmane et hiérarchisée du monde qui abroge le judaïsme, etc.
    • La tsedaka me paraît différente de la zarkat qui, me semble-t-il, ne bénéficie qu'au musulman.
    • les juifs en prières ne se prosternent pas. Ils ne se tournent pas vers La Mecque, etc. C'est essentiel et vous n'en parlez pas.
    • on observe en France une réislamisation de jeunes musulmans, et notamment une bourgeoisie musulmane qui mange dans des restaurants halal, etc. En France on observe aussi une plus grande pratique religieuse chez les juifs ;
    • si hommes et femmes sont souvent séparés dans les deux religions, les juifs ne pratiquent pas les "crimes d'honneur", ni les lapidations des femmes adultères, etc.
    • "la bataille pour la Halakha" ne me semble pas terminée. En France, des femmes juives luttent pour des rapports égalitaires avec les hommes, etc.
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