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Muslims and Jews Then, Now and in the Future

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Relations between the world-wide communities of Jews and Muslims have never been so bad. Even in Europe, mass immigration of Muslims to France has made its Jews feel unsafe in their own country, and in London, Jews have learned to accept the necessity of tight security in their synagogues and at their public functions. A balanced view of the Jewish condition under Islam is that, in return for accepting a subordinate position in society, Jews were granted security for their lives and property, freedom of worship and a large measure of self-government. Monotheistic non-believers, though protected by Islam were generally despised because of their wilful persistence in refusing to accept the words of God recorded in the Qur'an. The expansion of the Ottoman Empire brought relief to the Jews, who became a trusted, prosperous and very useful Ottoman middle class.

Keywords: Jews; Muslims; Ottoman empire; Qur'an



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