Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction : Essays in Honor of William M. Brinner

Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction : Essays in Honor of William M. Brinner

Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction : Essays in Honor of William M. Brinner

Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction : Essays in Honor of William M. Brinner

Synopsis

Several years ago an international conference was held at the University of California to honor Professor William Brinner, whose personal scholarship throughout the years has focused on both the Jewish and Muslim historical, cultural, and intellectual experiences. This volume, which consists of the works of many of the conference participants, is a collection of essays that deal with the interaction of Judaism and Islam over history from different perspectives. The book is divided into nine parts: introduction, overview, Jewish-Muslim interaction in medieval times, Jewish-Muslim interaction in modern times, Bible and Qur n, law, philosophy and ethics, sectarian communities, and language, linguistics and literature. As a resolution the Arab-Israeli conflict slowly edges forward, we believe that this publication will serve the purposes of both serious scholarship and better cultural understanding.

Excerpt

Benjamin Hary, John Hayes and Jennifer Quijano

Several years ago an international conference was held at the University of California at Berkeley to honor Professor William M. Brinner and his work. the purpose of the conference was to explore the manifold dimensions of Jewish and Muslim intersection, both in medieval and in modern times, from several perspectives: historical, literary, linguistic, religious, legal, and philosophical. This book, which consists of the works of many of the conference participants, is the reflection of Professor Brinner's own work and his contribution to the society in general and the academy in particular.

Part One includes a thorough introduction to the themes of the book, a tribute to Professor Brinner, and a review of his works composed by Barry Ross.

Part Two contains Jacob Lassner's overview which sketches the broad course of Jewish-Muslim interaction across time and considers how the "historical consciousness" of each community was shaped. Lassner argues that the dissonance in historical consciousness and the unwillingness to open to another's view are obstacles in Jewish-Muslim relations.

Part Three discusses Jewish-Muslim interaction in the medieval period employing a variety of approaches.

Stephen Benin focuses on Italy under the Byzantines, an area where Jews, Muslims, and Christians were in intimate contact. He uses The Chronicle of Ahimaaz - Megillat Ahimaaz, to illuminate the nature of this contact by examining key characters and events, with some historic references. Benin . . .

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