Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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Interfaith Relations
(4,320 words)

1.   Medieval Period

It would be anachronistic to think in contemporary post-Enlightenment terms of interfaith relations in the medieval Islamic world. The modern virtues of social, religious, and political equality would have been totally incomprehensible to anyone living in the Dār al-Islām (Domain of Islam)—or in Byzantium and Latin Christendom, for that matter. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all believed that they had been granted the most perfect o…

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Norman A. Stillman and Maurits H. van den Boogert, “Interfaith Relations”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0011430>
First published online: 2010



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