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For more than two thousand years anti-Semitism has plagued the Jews however the term has only been around for about thirty years Strack 594 Due to the hateful accusations and of those who did not understand their religion Jews as a scorned people gradually became more exclusive and intolerant of other religions Because of Judaisms strict adherence to their own beliefs and unwillingness to consider any alternatives Muslims and Christians have scorned and persecuted Jews First the Muslims basis for anti-Judaism rests primarily on religious beliefs Islam teaches that Allah the Muslim god requires that a good Muslim pray a ritual prayer five times per day give a token of their income to charity and if possible a pilgrimage to Mecca their Holy City The Rise and Spread of Islam Muhammad himself was hostile to the Jews Rivkin 25 because he believed Allah to be the one true God and saw the Jewish Doctrine of the Trinity to be polytheistic The Jews however rejected all divine worship except their own Also Jews had certain laws and customs concerning food and circumcision which further segregated them from the Muslims All these differences gave rise to mutual rejection between these two groups As part of his rejection of the Jews Muhammad abandoned certain Jewish customs for example Saturday as the Muslim holy day and Jerusalem as the Muslim holy city Davies 329 The conversion of a Muslim to any other religion wa s strictly forbidden and punishable by death The Jews were given the dhimmi status meaning that they were not deserving of slaughter and could retain their religious practices in a limited form The Spread of Islam to India Just as slaves the Jews did not possess full legal rights The Rise and Spread of Islam These dhimmis were merely tolerated and forced to pay special taxes and wear yellow badges as a means of public identification Davies 329 Evidence presented by a Jew in court
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