The Jew Is Not My Enemy
Unveiling the Myths That Fuel Muslim Anti-SemitismBook - 2010
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More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the world is no closer to solving, let alone understanding, the psychological and political divide between Jews and Muslims. While countless books have been written on the subjects of terrorism, political Islam, and jihad, barely a handful address the theological and historical basis of the Jew-Muslim divide.
Following the terrorist attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, in which Pakistani jihadis sought out and murdered the members of a local Jewish centre, broadcaster, writer, and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress Tarek Fatah began an in-depth investigation of the historical basis for the crime.
In this personal and provocative new book, Fatah draws on extensive research to attempt to answer the question, Why do Muslims hate Jews? In tracing the roots of this rancour, Fatah debunks the anti-Jewish writings of the Hadith literature; deconstructs the supremacist doctrines that lend fuel to the fire; and reinterprets supposed anti-Jewish passages in the Quran.
"Muslim history and heritage allow us to enter the modern era without the baggage of anti-Semitism," he writes. Boldly arguing that hating Jews is against the essence of the Islamic spirit, Fatah makes a brave case for what needs to be done to eliminate the agonizing friction between the two communities. (from the dust jacket)
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