Indeed, Jerusalem’s Muslim identity was forged alongside the dawn of Islam. However, according to a pair of Israeli archaeologists, that identity was originally one of coexistence and tolerance. They say they have the 1,300-year-old archaeological evidence to prove it, and now they want to share it with the Muslim world.
Jerusalem-based doctoral students in archaeology Assaf Avraham, 38, and Peretz Reuven, 48, launched a crowdfunding campaign Wednesday to gather funds to continue their work in exposing a lesser-known period of Jerusalem history which, they argue, saw Jews and Muslims conducting “an inter-religious dialogue.”
FULL STORY Archaeologists expose Muslim-Jewish ‘dialogue’ in Jerusalem from 1,300 years ago (Times of Israel)
Photo: Umayyad coin (after the reform) with a seven-branched menorah model. Made of bronze. These coins were probably minted in Jerusalem around the 8th century CE (The Israel Museum)