As brother religions vying for the same sacred history, Islam and Judaism trace the genesis of their spiritual and biological communities back to the very same founding parents. Yet Islam is not Judaism, Muslims are not Jews, and vice versa. Rather, the two traditions are, and understand themselves to be, distinct entities with distinct value systems.
By comparing the Jewish and Muslim accounts of the shared biblical ancestors, as well the often colorful exegesis on these narratives, this course will investigate various matters of moral and ethical concern to these communities and the lessons thereby imparted by each tradition.
Muslim and Jewish Stories on the Biblical Narratives is a 10-week adult learning class that meets Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m., Jan. 29 through April 30, and is taught by Shari Lowin, Ph.D.
Shari Lowin is associate professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. She previously taught at the University of Chicago, Yeshiva University, Brooklyn College and in Ma’ayan. Lowin is fluent in Arabic and has researched and published on a number of topics comparing Judaism and Islam. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.+ More... - Less...