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Antisemitism & Islamophobia: Origins, History, Relationship by Rabbi Reuven Firestone

The Atlantic Institute

Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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Anti-Semitism and  Islamophobia have much in common though they arose from nearly opposite historical circumstances. Both are expressions of racism. Both refer to irrational fears directed toward a specific human group. Both are deeply embedded into the very fabric of Western culture and society.
And ironically, Muslims and Jews tend to be guilty of these prejudices against the other. To be precise, many Jews are Islamophobic and many Muslims are anti-Semitic, even while they share the role of being on the receiving end of a similar set of prejudices. But even sadder is the fact that both prejudices are so deeply ingrained in Western society that it is unlikely they will ever be completely eradicated.
Reuven Firestone.

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1:30 - 2:00 pm  Reception

2:00 - 3:00 pm Lecture

3:00 - 3:30 pm Q&A session

Rabbi Reuven Firestone is Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies at Hebrew Union College-JIR in Los Angeles.Reuven Firestone was born in Northern California and educated at Antioch College, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Hebrew Union College where he received his M.A. in Hebrew literature in 1980 and Rabbinic Ordination in 1982, and New York University where he received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies in 1988. From 1987 to 1992, he taught Hebrew literature and directed the Hebrew and Arabic language programs at Boston University. In 1992 he was awarded the Yad Hanadiv Research Fellowship at the Hebrew University to conduct research on holy war in Islamic tradition.  In 2000, he was awarded the fellowship for independent research from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his research on holy war in Judaism. Chosen to be a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, he received the Fulbright CASA III Fellowship for study and research at the American University in Cairo in 2006. In 2012-2013 he was appointed DAAD Visiting Professor in Jewish and Islamic Studies at Universität Potsdam/Geiger Kolleg in Berlin-Brandenburg. Since 1993 he has served as associate and then full professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Firestone founded the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE), a joint program of Hebrew Union College, the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He serves on numerous committees and commissions on interfaith relations, serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly publications and is vice-president of the Association of Jewish Studies. Professor Firestone has lived in Israel, Egypt and Germany and regularly lectures in universities throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His publications have been translated into German, French, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Indonesian and Urdu.

Pro. Firestone's recent publications and edited volumes include:

Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis (SUNY Press)

Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam (Oxford University Press)

Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims (Ktav)

Jews, Christians, Muslims in Dialogue: A Practical Handbook, with Leonard Swidler and Khalid Duran (Twenty-Third Publications)

An Introduction to Islam for Jews (JPS)

Who are the Real Chosen People: The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Skylight Paths)

Holy War in Judaism: the Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea (Oxford University Press)

Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims (Oxford University Press)

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta - Roswell
1075 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30076

Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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