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Perceptions of Jews and Judaism in the Muslim sacred texts

Perceptions of Jews and Judaism in the Muslim sacred texts

Prof. Meir Litvak

Both the positive and negative attitudes that emerged in 7th century Arabia are clearly reflected in the most sacred Islamic scripture, the Qur’an.

What perceptions of the Jews can be found in the Qur’an?


  • Adang, Camilla, Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible: From Ibn Rabban to Ibn Hazm (Leiden : E.J. Brill, 1996)

  • Hava Lazarus-Yafe, Intertwined Worlds: Medieval Islam and Bible Criticism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992).

  • Lewis, Bernard, The Jews of Islam (Princeton: Princeton, 1984).

  • Stillman, Norman A., The Jews of Arab Lands: A History and Source Book (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1979).

  • Ben-Shammai, Haggai, “Jew Hatred in the Islamic Tradition and the Koranic Exegesis,” in Shmuel Almog, ed., Antisemitism Through the Ages (Oxford: Pergamon, 1988), pp. 161 – 69.

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