By Bruce Masters
Masters explores the background of Christians and Jews within the Ottoman Empire and the way their identities developed over 400 years. whereas early groups lived in the hierarchy of Muslim legislation, the 19th century witnessed radical switch. in keeping with Western impacts, clash erupted among Muslims and Christians around the empire. This marked the start of tensions that educated the rhetoric of non secular fundamentalism within the empire's successor states during the 20th century. therefore Masters negotiates the current during the prior, contributing to our realizing of the modern Muslim global.
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Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Arab World: The Roots of Sectarianism by Bruce Masters