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when islam and judaism played nicer together 
31st-May-2012 08:30 pm

Political change was partnered by change in the legal status of the Jewish population: although it is not always clear what happened during the Muslim conquests, one thing is certain. The result of the conquests was, by and large, to make the Jews second-class citizens.

This should not be misunderstood: to be a second-class citizen was a far better thing to be than not to be a citizen at all. For most of these Jews, second-class citizenship represented a major advance. In Visigothic Spain, for example, shortly before the Muslim conquest in 711, the Jews had seen their children removed from them and forcibly converted to Christianity and had themselves been enslaved.
4th-Jun-2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
I always knew Jews and Muslims lived in peace in Spain until the Spanish Inquisition, but this detailed account is really an interesting account of that period of time. . .I wonder how many of my friends will de-friend me if I post this on facebook? :p
13th-Aug-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
lj...a place to post things to extreme for facebook
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