Judaism - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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From its inception, Islam exhibited an ambivalent attitude toward non-Muslims. The prophet Muḥammad had clearly enunciated his indebtedness to the faith of his monotheistic predecessors in the Qurʾān, tolerating their continued existence with certain provisos. Jews and Christians were to be recognized as possessors of scripture, ahl al-kitāb (people of the Book), were not to be forcibly converted, and were to be afforded a modicum of protection. Implied in the status of protection, dhimma, or of protected peoples—dhimmis—was the right of the Jews to exercise their Judaism provided they accepted a position of subordination.

Over the centuries Muslim jurists worked out elaborate codes of what constituted subordination and "signs of humiliation." Typically, Jewish and Christian houses of worship were to be...

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