Jewish Muslims: How Christians Imagined Islam as the Enemy

Jewish Muslims

By David M. Freidenreich. Uncovers the hidden history of Islamophobia and its surprising connections to the long-standing hatred of Jews. Explores the history of this complex, perplexing, and emotionally fraught phenomenon. Makes the case that, then and now, hate-mongers target “them” in an effort to define “us.” Analyzes anti-Muslim sentiment in texts and images produced across Europe and the Middle East over a thousand years and shows how Christians intentionally distorted reality by alleging that Muslims were just like Jews. They did so not only to justify assaults against Muslims on theological grounds but also to motivate fellow believers to live as “good” Christians. Read more.