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Reader comment on item: The Jew As Ally of the Muslim: Medieval Roots of Anti-Semitism

Submitted by Norman Brewer (United States), Feb 6, 2003 at 05:30

I haven't read the book, but obviously there was plenty of anti-Semitism that had nothing to do with perceived "alliances" to Muslims. As far as I can think of, the only actual such historical political hookup was Joseph Nasi and the Ottoman sultan.

For a good representative source of psychological material regarding anti-Semitism, I would look at fables such as "the wandering Jew" or Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice", etc.

Also, some anti-Semitism was clearly purely economic such as the expulsion of Jews from England in 1290 under Edward I of England (The Jews lost protection when they became less economically important).

Don't forget that the schisms between East and West were NOT simply about "Jew", "Christian", "Moslem" - there was also the long antipathy from Venice and the Normans towards the (Christian) Byzantines, there was the cultural gap that appeared between Western Europe and Russia , Etc.

Speaking of "ironic", of all groups, conservative American Christians appear to be the MOST favorable towards Jews and Israel - although it is not reciprocated.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
No marriage between Jesus Christ and Islam [24 words]JuleanFeb 20, 2016 08:21228169
Thanks [13 words]Emma SmithJun 16, 2013 07:05207028
Deicide + Allies of the Arabs as the reason of Christian anti-semitism. [294 words]Isaac HaskiyaApr 21, 2013 05:26205357
"Jew As Ally of the Muslim" sounds weak on the surface... [169 words]Norman BrewerFeb 6, 2003 05:306439

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