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In this clip from The Story of the Jews, Simon Schama visits Cairo to explore the historical relationship between Jews and Islam.
Over a thousand years ago, Cairo was home to one of the most thriving Jewish communities in the world. And that story was repeated across the eastern Mediterranean and in Arabia itself, the birthplace of a powerful new monotheistic faith: Islam.
With no accusation of Christ-killing to contend with, Jews under Islamic rule were spared the demonization they suffered in Christendom. According to later Islamic sources, there seems to have been an early moment when Jews and Muslims might have been part of the Umma, the common community of believers.
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