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Understanding Muslim Neighbors

Abrahamic Alliance International

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Understanding Muslim Neighbors

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission   more info Mar 14, 2019 $95.00 $0.00
Last Minute | At Door   more info Not Started $105.00 $3.09
Under 40 for $40
If you are under age 40, join us for only $40! Seminar notebook, kosher lunch, and refreshments included on both 3/17/19 (Part I) and 4/14/19 (Parts II and III)
Mar 17, 2019 $40.00 $0.00
Student
Full-time students enjoy $75 discount. Seminar notebook, kosher lunch, and refreshments included on both 3/17/19 (Part I) and 4/14/19 (Parts II and III)
Mar 17, 2019 $20.00 $0.00

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UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM NEIGHBORS is an intensive, in-depth seminar for Jews who want to build bridges of understanding and respect with Muslims. In two full days with a world-class rabbinic expert on Islam, this seminar navigates through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes to equip Jews with the knowledge and tools to better understand and collaborate with Muslims in tikkun olam.

 

Abrahamic Alliance International brings graduate-level education by world-class scholars to grassroots Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities who want to learn about their Abrahamic neighbors and collaborate with them in tikkun olam. 

 


 

AAi, Congregation Beth El, Lehrhaus Judaica, JCC East Bay, JFCS East Bay, and Congregation Netivot Shalom invite you to join us for an unforgettable learning experience

 

Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Part I: Understanding Muslims

 What Muslims really believe about God, Torah, and Jews*
 Expressions of Judaism that Muslims appreciate most*
 Muslim sensitivities every Jew should know*
 Common ground and differences between Muslims and Jews
 Arabs and Muslims in Jewish teachings
 Muhammad's relationship with Jews
 Understanding the Qur’an and Hadith
 Islamic spirituality and Jewish parallels
 Islamic law, states, and traditions
• Islamic holy days and ritual

Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  
Part II: Responding to Muslims
• Implications of the Qur'an for Jews
• Multiple monotheisms?
• Covenant and “Chosenness” in Islam
• Agreement and Disagreement between Jews and Muslims
• Kosher and halal
• Muslim prayer and clergy
• Islamic faith and Muhammad's Prophethood
• Muslims, mission, and jihad
• What the Qur’an really says about Jews
• Jihad, Israel, and Palestine
• Muslim views of The Holocaust

Part III: Studying Scripture with Muslims
• Navigating sacred vocabulary
• Pitfalls to avoid
• Abraham and Isaac in the Qur’an
• Cain and Abel in the Qur’an
• Jewish and Muslim interpretive approaches  
• “Hot button” issues for Jews and for Muslims
 
Seminar notebook, kosher lunch and refreshments included.
 
If you require financial assistance to attend, please email request to: rachel@abrahamicalliance.org

* If you attended Prof. Firestone's lectures at the JCC East Bay on Oct. 28, 2018 and would rather not review this material again, you may opt to skip this introduction on 3/17 and arrive at 11:15 AM.

 
 


Instructor


Prof. Rabbi Reuven Firestone
 is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Affiliate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. Recipient of numerous research fellowships and university invitations, he is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Berlin (summers, 2017-2019) and Sigi Feigel Visiting Professorship for Jewish Studies, University of Zürich (2018). Prof. Firestone has written over a hundred scholarly articles and eight books, including An Introduction to Islam for Jews and An Introduction tio Judaism for Muslims. His scholarship has been translated into German, French, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Indonesian and Urdu. Having lived with his family in Israel, Egypt and Germany he regularly lectures in universities and religious centers throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He served as vice president of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) and president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) and has initiated and continues to be involved in numerous projects and initiatives which bring together Jews Muslims and Christians, Jews and Arabs, and Israelis and Palestinians.

 



What experts are saying... 

"Rabbi Reuven Firestone is the rare and precious exception to the rule that scholars and academics keep apart from activists and direct engagement. Reuven is a celebrated scholar and a welcomed interlocutor in the intersections of the Islamic and Jewish communities. I have known him since 1973 and have profited from each and every encounter." —Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Chief Program Officer & Senior Educator, Lehrhaus Judaica 

"Professor Reuven Firestone is a voice we especially need now. He is a thoughtful, eloquent, scholarly guide for us to understand Islam. I have heard him on several occasions, and I invariably come away uplifted and motivated to learn more and to engage more deeply with Muslim friends and neighbors. His presentations should not be missed." —Rabbi Sheldon Lewis,  former President, Northern California Board of Rabbis; Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth; author of The Torah of Reconciliation

"Firestone’s book (Introduction to Islam for Jews) shines as a beacon of scholarship and humanity.... Firestone has demonstrated that it is possible for Jews and Muslims to engage in an honest evaluation of their shared history and still find enough common ground to work for a better shared future." —Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College; former President, Islamic Society of North America. 

 

 

Supported in part by a grant from the Hellman Family

Have questions about Understanding Muslim Neighbors? Contact Abrahamic Alliance International

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Congregation Beth El
1301 Oxford St.
Berkeley, CA 94709

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM


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