Perspectives on the Muslim Other in Jewish Tradition

Yakov Rabkin
2010

Attitudes towards the Other within Judaism lie in myth, narrative, legend, and law. The narrative of differentiation occupies a central place in Judaism and infuses the development of both its laws and identity. It operates explicitly through biblical and rabbinic prescriptions, as well as implicitly, through tales.

Jews are differentiated by tribe, priestly affiliation, gender as well as degree and form of adherence to Judaic practice. The provenance of the non-Jew acquires importance in Judaic sources quite infrequently, usually in connection with an explicit biblical injunction, such as those who make reference to the Amalekites or the Moabites.

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