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Steg Belsky wrote:
>On Fri, 26 Oct 2001 18:55:47 +0300 Markus Miekk-oja / Torpet
><[log in to unmask]> writes:
> > Someone claimed that the Jews were trying to convert the arabs to
> > judaism
> > when Muhammed began his carrieer.
> > The text continued "but since the local jews didn't considered
> > Muhammed to
> > be of any political importance, they didn't focus on trying to
> > converting
> > him".
> > (this sounds a bit wierd though - judaism isn't exactly known for
> > trying to
> > spread the faith. Are there judaistic sects that try to convert
> > non-judaists? I assume no one is counting islam and christianity as
> > judaistic sects.)
>-
>
>Naaa... not since the Hellenistic Age.  I know that there were Jewish
>Arabian tribes during the time of Muhammad, and some of them, or some
>individuals, may have been into proselytizing, but Judaism stopped
>supporting that after we pissed off the Roman Empire too many times.

Still, judaic proselytizing has occured in later eras as well - there's for
instance the Khazaric Empire in the early Middle Ages, which embraced
judaism as it's official religion.

                                                     Andreas

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