The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel by Tarek Fatah

By Tarek Fatah

A liberal Muslim and significantly acclaimed writer explores the historic, political, and theological foundation for hundreds of years of Muslim animosity in the direction of Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a background of hate and its influence today.

More than 9 years after Sept. 11 and 60 years after the construction of the nation of Israel, the realm isn't any in the direction of fixing, not to mention realizing, the mental and political divide among Jews and Muslims. whereas numerous books were written just about terrorism, political Islam, and jihad, slightly a handful handle the theological and historic foundation of the Jew—Muslim divide. Following the terrorist assaults on Mumbai in November 2008, during which Pakistani jihadis sought out and murdered the participants of a neighborhood Jewish centre, Tarek Fatah all started an in-depth research of the old foundation for the crime.

In this provocative new publication, Fatah makes use of wide learn to track how literature from as early because the 7th century has fueled the hatred of Jews through Muslims. Fatah debunks the anti-Jewish writings of the Hadith literature, takes aside the Arab supremacist doctrines that lend gasoline to the hearth, and reinterprets meant anti-Jewish passages within the Quran. In doing so he argues that hating Jews is opposed to the essence of the Islamic spirit and indicates what should be performed to get rid of the agonizing friction among the 2 communities.

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Mehnaz M. Afridi, Adjunct Professor, Islam, Judaism and Holocaust Studies, Antioch University, California “It is courageous people like Tarek Fatah who will build bridges of understanding between Muslims and Jews. ” – Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Copyright © 2010 by Tarek Fatah All rights reserved. The use of any part of this publication reproduced, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, or stored in a retrieval system, without the prior written consent of the publisher – or, in case of photocopying or other reprographic copying, a licence from the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency – is an infringement of the copyright law.

Just students, they say, coming back from a boat ride. The Pakistanis are polite with the men, but when a woman approaches them, their demeanour changes. Anita Rajendra Udaayar, another neighbourhood resident, has been watching the young men with their oversized backpacks. It is an unusual sight for her, even though she is accustomed to tourists taking boat rides. When she asks them what they are doing, one of them scornfully tells her to mind her own business. No woman has ever questioned them – how dare an infidel raise her voice!

But neither the Indians nor the Israelis have taken the bait. , twenty-four hours after the takeover of Chabad House. Finally the phone rings, but it is his handlers from Pakistan calling. Babar informs them that the Indians have not called. What should he do, he asks. ” The handler gets back on the line with clear instructions to Babar: “Listen to me. Save yourself the hassle and get rid of them [the hostages]. Kill them. ” Babar hesitates. He tells his handler, “Yes, but I do not see any movement from the police.

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