Islamic antisemitism is as old as Islam itself, and is not a mere borrowing from non-Muslim sources, as has been claimed. Antisemitism scholar, Andrew Bostom's newly updated book, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism From Sacred Texts to Solemn History provides comprehensive, meticulously documented evidence that a readily discernible, uniquely Islamic antisemitism - specific Muslim hatred of Jews - has been expressed continuously since the advent of Islam.
In The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, you'll learn that:
Writing in 1971, S.D. Goitein, the pre-eminent scholar of Muslim-Jewish relations employed the term antisemitism, "...in order to differentiate animosity against Jews from the discrimination practiced by Islam against non-Muslims in general." Goitein cited as concrete proof of his assertion that a unique strain of Islamic Jew hatred was extant at that time (i.e., up to a millennium ago) - exploding the common assumption of its absence - the fact that letters from the Geniza material, "...have a special word for it and, most significantly, one not found in the Bible or in Talmudic literature ...but one much used and obviously coined in the Geniza period."
Important examples of antisemitic motifs in the foundational Muslim texts are presented: from the Koran, the hadith (words and deeds of the Muslim prophet Muhammad), the sira (earliest Muslim biographies of Muhammad), as well as the writings of influential Muslim jurists, theologians, and scholars, from the Middle Ages through the contemporary era. These primary sources, and seminal secondary analyses translated here for the first time into English detail the sacralized rationale for Islam's anti-Jewish bigotry. Numerous complementary historical accounts illustrate the resulting plight of Jewish communities in the Muslim world across space and time, culminating in the genocidal threat posed to the Jews of Israel today.
The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism debunks the conventional wisdom which continues to assert that Muslim Jew hatred is entirely a 20th century phenomenon, and standard Nazi propaganda, that only arose after the advent of the Zionist movement and the protracted Arab-Jewish conflict over all of the lands comprising the original 1922 Mandate for historical Palestine. Readers will find this collection an invaluable resource for understanding the phenomenon of Muslim antisemitism, past and present.
An updated Author's Preface for this new edition - which includes materials through January 3, 2020 - elucidates the current global pandemic of Muslim Antisemitism, and its resulting violent manifestations, in Israel, Western Europe, and the United States. Doctrinal drivers of this hatred, as espoused by iconic Muslim religious leaders representing the pinnacles of institutional Islamic religious education - both Sunni and Shiite - are introduced. This compendious, timely exposé rivets upon freshly translated samples of modern, seminal Koranic glosses - rife with Jew-hatred - which shape current understandings of Islam's holy book, and Islam itself, by the Muslim masses. The new Preface concludes with a focused discussion about why non-Muslim religious leaders, especially Jews, must admonish institutional Islam to begin its own process, akin to Vatican II/Nostre Aetate, of expunging at least the most virulent Jew-hating motifs from Islam's core theology. [more...]
About the Author: Andrew G. Bostom, M.D. is the author of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History, and, Sharia Versus Freedom -The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. Dr. Bostom has published numerous articles and commentaries on Islam in the New York Post, Washington Times, The New York Daily News, National Review Online, The American Thinker, Pajamas Media, FrontPage Magazine.com, and other print and online publications.