As an outsider to both of the above mentioned faiths, but with no axe to grind against either, I recently found myself wondering why there seems so much animosity and even hatred towards each other on both sides.
From an outsiders perspective it seems that the similaritites between the two outweigh the differences i.e. both worship the same Abrahamic deity albeit under differerent names, both have similar but not identical dietary restrictions i.e. Halal and Kosher foods, both recognise the 10 commandments. Admittedly Jewish people are allowed alchohol and Muslims are not, but this seems a reletively minor problem.
Could it be that history has been re-written by modern scholars in order to maximise differences for political aims?
I saw a documentary on Channel 4 (in the UK), can’t find a cite at present unfortunately, where it was claimed that the differences stem back to Ishmael and Isaac, the sons of Abraham. It was suggested that Muslims are descended from Ishmael and Jews from Isaac and the fact that Ishmael was abandoned by Abraham is the reason for the animosity.
Anyone have any opinions or better still hard facts on this matter?