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By Heather J. Sharkey

throughout centuries, the Islamic center East hosted huge populations of Christians and Jews as well as Muslims. at the present time, this variety is generally absent. during this publication, Heather J. Sharkey examines the historical past that Muslims, Christians, and Jews as soon as shared opposed to the moving backdrop of country rules. concentrating on the Ottoman heart East prior to international conflict I, Sharkey deals a bright and energetic research of daily social contacts, costume, tune, meals, 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, taken care of Christians and Jews as safe subordinates to Muslims whereas prescribing limits to social blending. Sharkey indicates how, amid the pivotal alterations of the fashionable period, efforts to at the same time guard and dismantle those hierarchies heightened tensions alongside non secular traces and set the level for the twentieth-century center East.

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