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Jews spread out from Israel into northern Africa after the Roman destruction of much of Jerusalem in 70 C.E and settled in Saharan oases Although there was no love for Jews after the birth of Islam five centuries later, Muslim Arabs accepted Jews right to retain their own religion in lands they occupied, enabling many Jews to remain in North Africa after Arab conquest of the region However, after Jews living in Tlemcen Algeria or the oasis of Touat became involved in trans Saharan trade, strong opposition to them arose Tlemcen, seen by Jews as the Jerusalem of the West, was primarily Muslim occupied, and for economic reasons, the Jews living there became greatly resented for their success in the trans Saharan gold trade A Tlemcen scholar, Muhammad al Maghili, spent time in Touat, and used Islam based arguments to justify the destruction of their synagogue there and expel them He also got Jews excluded from the Songhay Empire This book examines the whole process, with translations of Arabic Islamic writings on Jews and their rights to pursue their religion....

Title : Jews Of A Saharan Oasis: Elimination of the Tamantit community
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ISBN : 1558763457
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Markus Wiener Publishers 1st edition May 1, 2006
Number of Pages : 91 pages
File Size : 689 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Jews Of A Saharan Oasis: Elimination of the Tamantit community Reviews

  • Ehav Eliyahu Ever
    2019-12-21 13:21

    Jews of the Saharan Oasis by John O. Hunwick analyses the issues and situations that lead up to the destruction of the Jewish commuinity in the oasis of Tementit. This book gives really detailed background information also on how the fatwa that was being pushed by Muhammid al-Maghili caused the disruption of the Jewish communities in Northern Africa and West Africa. Details are culled from texts such as the Tarikh el-Fettash and the Tarikh el-Soudan as well as other sources from Islamic writers. It gives a detailed look at the methods that were used to convince the varoius Islamic controlled cities that the Jews in the region had breached the laws of the ahl al-thimmi. Anyone who is looking for details about the Jewish community in Northern Africa and in Mali will find some details, but this book mainly deals with why they disappeared. I would recommend this book for any Jewish library, Yeshivah, and Synagogue.