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By Heather J. Sharkey

throughout centuries, the Islamic heart East hosted huge populations of Christians and Jews as well as Muslims. at the present time, this variety is generally absent. during this booklet, Heather J. Sharkey examines the heritage that Muslims, Christians, and Jews as soon as shared opposed to the moving backdrop of kingdom guidelines. concentrating on the Ottoman center East ahead of global warfare I, Sharkey bargains a brilliant and full of life research of daily social contacts, costume, tune, nutrition, bathing, and extra, as they introduced humans jointly or driven them aside. traditionally, Islamic traditions of statecraft and legislation, which the Ottoman Empire maintained and tailored, handled Christians and Jews as secure subordinates to Muslims whereas prescribing limits to social blending. Sharkey exhibits how, amid the pivotal alterations of the trendy period, efforts to concurrently look after and dismantle those hierarchies heightened tensions alongside spiritual traces and set the level for the twentieth-century center East.

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