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Convicencia was a term used to describe Christian Spain during medieval ages where Christians Jews and Muslims all coexisted in a fairly peaceful environment But over the years this term was used to describe another period during the Medieval Arabic Islamic world This particular period is more commonly known as the Golden Age of harmony between Jewish and Muslims and Cohens article is based on comparing both of these periods with the less peaceful Jewish and Christian era in Northern Europe Many historians and writers argue whether or not this period existed and both sides have compelling arguments regarding it but Cohen states in his thesis that a period of harmony did exist between Muslims and Jews but it was not perfect In order to prove his thesis correct Cohen compares the Jews that are living in Islam with their brethren living in Ashkenazic Northern Europe During this period there was a higher population of Jews in the Islamic lands than Northern Europe and it was because the environment was more comforting than Northern Europe due to multiple reasons Cohen had discovered The First is that the Islamic religion accepts Judaism far more easily than Christianity now at first Christianity did have some doctrines like St Augustines and its teachings that supported the Jews but overall it was against them and harbored much ill will The Quran was not completely accepting of the Jews but it did not believe in forcing others to convert and thus allowed more religious freedom Islam also did not have to fight for recognition it prospered without limits and thus did not need others to support it unlike Christianity Islam was actually more hostile towards Christianity because of its contradicting Polytheism beliefs Overall Islams flexibility allowed the Jews religious freedom and a more comfortable environmentThe second factor of harmony for Jews in Islam was a system called ahl al dhimma which offered protection for non-Muslims in which they would pay
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