A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East

Author: Heather J. Sharkey

Publisher/Publication: Cambridge University Press

DOI/ISBN: 9781139028455

This book seeks to tell the history of intercommunal relations in the Middle East during the modern period up to World War I, narrating a history of non-Muslims under Islamic rule. The writer begins her survey in the seventh century, when Islam and Muslims appear on the world stage, although she focuses primarily on the modern period after approximately 1700. Sharkey traces the formation of early Islamic society and the elaboration of policies toward Christians and Jews. examining the Ottoman Empire, including its so-called millet system while not excluding Morocco and Iran. The writer has compiled a meticulous study, drawing on anthropological history, about a region and an era that was once full of religious diversity.