In Ishmael’s House, by Martin Gilbert

Sir Martin Gilbert, an author of many books, has written an argument for one of the silent participants in the Israeli-Palestinian conundrum. He re­counts the story of the Jewish experience under Muslim rulers over the past 14 centuries, an ambitious task that necessitates wide reading among numerous specialties. Gilbert draws on this scholarship to present a general overview of the long tradition that preceded the 19th- and 20th-century vicissitudes of the Jews who are scattered throughout the Dar al-Islam, which extends from Mor­occo to India and from the steppes of southern Russia to southern Arabia. His story gains greater authority with his own research and his interviews with 20th-century refugees from these areas.


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