Anti-Semitism In Judaism

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Anti-Semitism is basically the hostility that the Jews were faced with as a religious group. The term semites gives people a false impression that all Semitic People, which includes Arabs, face this prejudices which is false. This term come into common usage in the 19th century but anti-Jewish incident happened long before that. Jews were the target of religious prejudices under the notion that “the Jews killed Jesus.” Furthermore, it will attain to explain why that belief became so popular in Europe in the medieval times by contrasting Jewish life under Christendom with Judaism enjoyed under Muslim rule to come up with appropriate conclusions.

During the Enlightenment era in the early 1700s, the then European rulers were keen on imposing
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The claim is founded on the belief that when Muhammad was born, Judaism and Jews were headed for oblivion. Before the onset of Islam in the Roman Empire, the Jews were seriously deprived of many of their rights which limited their religious obligations. Jewish life under Christendom was one of despair because they seemingly started losing touch with their culture and language like Aramaic and Hebrew; which meant that they did not have access to Jewish literature like the Torah and Liturgy (Wolfson and Emil 89). If the situation continued, then the Jews would have lost their unifying factor under the European rulers. It was a clear indication of them slowly being assimilated by other cultures. Nonetheless, the rise of Islamic culture in the seventh century helped a great deal in ensuring that the Jewish culture did not die off. Over time, Muslim armies conquered several parts of the world from Spain towards the North of Africa. Nonetheless, the onset of Judaism under Muslim rule made things improve for the Jews away from Christendom under European rule. The Jews ended up forming the same political arena as Babylon and Basra. The progress saw a shift in the dynamics of politics which was partnered by vivid change in the legal status of Jewry. The outcome of these shifts and changes was the “Jews becoming second-class citizens-a much better deal than that offered under Christendom” (Lewis 50). For instance, under Christendom, the children of the Jews were forcibly converted to Christianity and their parents were forced into slavery. Although the rights enjoyed under Muslim rule were not that much extensive as compared to Christendom, they enjoyed Judaism more under Muslim rule in the medieval

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