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Conversion Of Jews To Islam In The Kurdish Society

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Bernard Lewis discusses three inferior groups in Islam, slaves, women and unbelievers, citing the three essential inequalities related to the dominant and inferior groups: master and slave, man and woman, believer and unbeliever. The main reasons for conversion of Jews and the mechanisms adopted by the Jewish community to combat conversion of Jews, as discussed below, convey several aspects of these relations. V. B. Moreen cited three main reasons for conversion of Jews: (1) a conviction of the truth of the other faith; (2) the material benefits that result from conversion and (3) a fear of concrete or threatened persecution. In the Jewish community, conversion was seen as an act of great loss, almost irreversible, akin to the death of a family member. Records show that three main courses of action were taken in order to nullify Jewish females' conversion to Islam.

Keywords: Bernard Lewis; Islam; Jews; Kurdish Society; V. B. Moreen



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