Peace Be Upon You: The Sto­ry of Mus­lim, Chris­t­ian and Jew­ish Coexistence

Zachary Kara­bell
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By – March 23, 2012

In today’s polit­i­cal cli­mate a book about Jew­ish, Chris­t­ian, and Mus­lim coex­is­tence should arouse everyone’s curios­i­ty. Karabell’s work Peace Be Upon You sat­is­fies your curios­i­ty and cures any illu­sions about true coex­is­tence as it takes the read­er his­tor­i­cal roads where these three reli­gions and great cul­tures actu­al­ly intersect. 

Kara­bell does not sug­ar coat the truth in order to prove the the­sis in his title. On the con­trary, the vast major­i­ty of this book dis­proves the the­sis of coex­is­tence. And that’s where Kara­bell gets it right. Because he treats his sub­ject mat­ter hon­est­ly and objec­tive­ly we can bet­ter appre­ci­ate his thesis. 

The author explains what Islam is and what Islam means. He explains that Islam is about obe­di­ence and not about peace. He explains that the word Islam means obe­di­ence and that Mus­lim means an obe­di­ent one. He explains that a Mus­lim is obe­di­ent to the proph­esy of Mohammed and to the laws of Islam. He explains that peace has noth­ing to do with Islam. 

So where do we find coex­is­tence between Jews, Chris­tians, and Mus­lims? The best exam­ple of coex­is­tence is found in Spain, man­i­fest­ed by two sons of Spain, ibn Ara­bi and Mai­monides. There are cer­tain­ly oth­er exam­ples through­out his­to­ry dur­ing which the com­mu­ni­ties inter­sect peri­od­i­cal­ly but call­ing it true coex­is­tence is real­ly a stretch. 

In good times the reli­gions and cul­tures tol­er­at­ed each oth­er. This book explains it all. 

Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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