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Surname 1 Name Instructors Name Course Date Why the Middle Ages Still Matter? Mark Cohen identifies two chief perspectives on the Jewish experiences in the West and the East and both respond to what Jews are currently experiencing in the Middle East and the Christian Europe. The “lachrymose” conception of Jewish history was created as a result of unending persecution and exclusion of European Jews in the 19 th Century (Cohen,12) . The mistreatment was taking place despite the promises of acceptance and tolerance by the European Enlightenment. Cohen considers the two myths namely “the myth of the Islamic-Jewish interfaith Utopia and the “counter-myth of Islamic persecution of Jews.” Mark describes the second myth as “the neo-lachrymose conception of Jewish -Arab history”. He argues that the neo-lachrymose and lachrymose conception both alter the historical part. He hence comes up with a comparative approach with the main aim of understanding why there was very few cases of persecution and violence that resulted from the Jewish-Islamic relationship (Cohen,17) . Cohen applies the imagery of “Crescent and Cross” to lay his comparative framework which enhances the investigation of the situation of the Jews who were living within the Muslim civilizations. He further divides his approach into two models which are inclusion and exclusion.
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Surname 2 Like other non-Muslims, Jews were treated as second-class subjects but they were tolerated considerably. Jews were significantly protected and belonged to a status known as “Dhimmis”. The status granted a free pursuit of livelihood, schools and houses of worship were protected, recognition of Jew’s communal institutions and free religion practices (Cohen,42) . The Jewish
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