Thursday, September 27, 2007
This Day in the History of Muslim Religious Toleration
Plenty of people put the date of the destruction as October 17. Could have been. Oh, and it's been rebuilt.
Labels: Causes of the Crusades
Tolerance (note: not equal treatment) was a feature of medieval Islam. This might have been less true in the Levant than it was elsewhere in the Islamic world (I don't know enough to comment.)
Certainly, the Islamic governments of Sicily, Islamic Spain, and the rest of the Fertile Crescent were far more tolerant of other religions than were England, France, the Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire to you and me), the Holy Roman Empire, and the rest of the Christian world.
It's really remarkable how much these positions have reversed over the last millennium.
I think "more tolerant" is correct. The practice of Dhimmi granted tolerance to Jews, Christians, and other "People of the Book," howver, Jews and Christians were also taxed at exhorbitant rates that caused some to convert to Islam.