The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times

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  • Norman A. Stillman (author)
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About the Book

At a time when hostilities and violence in the Middle East and Persian Gulf continually threaten the world with war, anyone seeking to understand the current situation must become familiar with the interrelationships of the Jewish and Arab cultures.

This book focuses on the forces, events, and personalities that over the past 150 years have shaped the Jewish communities of the Arab world, changing the relations between Jews and Arabs more radically than anything since the rise of Islam nearly 1400 years ago.


A concise and instructive analysis of the status of Jews in a diverse group of countries ranging from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east … this book is valuable for its ability to enrich understanding of this important part of Jewish history by placing it within the political, economic and cultural life of the Arab world.

—New York Times

In scope and perspective, The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times is impressive.

—Jerusalem Post

An absolutely amazing historical account which brings us insights into Jewish life in the Muslim world, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the different paths of development followed by European and Middle Eastern Jews in modern times.

—Chashm Andaaz Magazine

Norman A. Stillman

Norman A. Stillman is the Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History at the University of Oklahoma and is an internationally recognized authority on the history and culture of the Islamic world and on Sephardic and Oriental Jewry.

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