While many are aware that Jews are the “People of the Book,” few are aware that this title was bestowed by Islam. But, was it a compliment, as it is generally taken to be? We will investigate the relationship between Islam and Judaism, beginning from Islam’s very founding.
We will look at:
- The attitude of the Qur’an to Jews and Judaism and the relationship between Muhammad and the Jews of Medina
- The portrayal of Jews in the classical and later Islamic sources
- The relationship between Muslim and Jewish exegetical materials
- Islamic legal rulings on Jews and Judaism
We will end with a discussion of the medieval polemics between Muslims and Jews, from both the Muslim and Jewish perspectives.
This course will be taught by Dr. Shari Lowin and meets on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for five weeks, beginning July 7.+ More... - Less...
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