Judaism in Islamic Studies, Islam in Jewish Studies: Reflections and Surface Tensions: A Conference

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 10:00am - 4:30pm
Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor Pavillion, 3420 Walnut St


10:00 - 10:30    light breakfast

10:30 - 12:30     Session I: Judaism in Islamic Studies
Joseph Lowry, University of Pennsylvania
Some Uses of Judaism in 'Revisionist' Scholarship on Early Islam

Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth University
From Geiger to Goitein: Jewish Conceptual Models of Islam during the Rise and Fall of European Imperialism

Michael Pregill, Elon University
Three Versions of (Anti-)Judaism: Quranic, Proto-Islamic, Islamic

Chair: Katalin Franciska Rac, University of Florida

12:30 - 2:00   break/ lunch for invitees

2:00 - 4:00    Session II: Islam in Jewish Studies
Daniel Frank, Ohio State University
Jewish Biblical Exegesis in an Arabic Vein: Tenth-Century Karaites Interpret Scripture

Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Wesleyan University
Toward a Spirituality of the Self in Medieval Jewish Culture of the Islamic World

Mordechai Z. Cohen, Yeshiva University
The interplay of Arabic poetics and Muslim legal hermeneutics in Moses Ibn Ezra’s interpretive thought

Chair: Talya Fishman, University of Pennsylvania

4:00 - 4:30      light refreshments


Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations department, Religious Studies department, Middle East Center, and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Email jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu or Call 215-898-6654, for more information. 

Printable schedule: Jewish & Islamic Scholarship schedule.pdf

Jewish Studies Program
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