Peace Be Upon You by Zachary Karabell
Fourteen Centuries of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence in the Middle East

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In a narrative that is at once thoughtful and passionate, hopeful but without illusions, award-winning historian Zachary Karabell reveals the history of peaceful coexistence among Muslims, Christians, and Jews over the course of fourteen centuries until the present-day.

The harsh reality of religious conflict is daily news, and the rising tensions between the West and Islam show no signs of abating. However, the relationship between Muslims, Christians, and Jews has not always been marked with animosity; there is also a deep and nuanced history of peace.

From the court of caliphs in ancient Baghdad, where scholars engaged in spirited debate, to present-day Dubai, where members of each faith work side by side, Karabell traces the forgotten legacy of tolerance and cooperation these three monotheistic religions have enjoyed—a legacy that will be vital in any attempt to find common ground and reestablish peace.

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About Zachary Karabell

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Zachary Karabell was educated at Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, where he received his PhD. in 1996. He is the author of several books, including The Last Campaign, which won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award, and Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and Newsweek. He lives with his wife and two children in New York, where he is an executive vice president of a leading asset management firm.
Published March 10, 2009 by Vintage. 343 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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“For a brief period,” writes Karabell, “Muslim Spain was the most vibrant place on earth.” Indeed, and even if the Ottomans’ treatment of Christians and Jews was non-discriminating largely in the sense that all the empire’s subjects were mere “instruments of the state and servants of the sultan,”...

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Many Westerners think the world would be safer if it were less Muslim, more Western.

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