Jewish-Muslim Encounters: History, Philosophy, and Culture

Jewish-Muslim Encounters: History, Philosophy, and Culture

Jewish-Muslim Encounters: History, Philosophy, and Culture

Jewish-Muslim Encounters: History, Philosophy, and Culture

Synopsis

An insightful book which examines the real problems which exist between the two traditions and presents contemporary conflict in an understandable theological and historical context. It also shows that respect and tolerance between Judaism and Islam is truly possible.This volume is authored by a wide range of distinguished Muslim and Jewish scholars, including philosophers, historians, political scientists, and theologians. The essays examine the Muslim-Jewish encounter in history, philosophy, religious thought, and cultural life, as well as theological and religious elements from these traditions. The essays reveal the complex history of Islam and Judaism, and the interconnectedness of the two traditions.Among the contributors, Lawrence Kaplan, a world famous Maimonides scholar, explores philosophical and theological links between the two traditions in his essay on the significant influence of the Arabic philosopher Al-Farabi on Moses Maimonides. Abdullah Noorudeen Durkee's essay paves the way for theological dialogue with his innovative notion of "multiple truths" and Irfan Ahmad Khan's essay shows the historical interconnectedness of the traditions in his treatment of the Koranic portrait of Moses. Charles Selengut and Yigal Carmon explore the critical theological issues at the root of religious violence in the Middle East. The contributors include Prof. Lawrence Kaplan, Dr. Irfan Ahmad Khan, Ms. Janice Rosen, Dr. Eliezer Don-Yehiya, Dr. Gilbert Kahn, Mr. Yigal Carmon, Dr. Rowena Hernandez Musquiz, Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein, Prof. Mustansir Mir, Prof. Sulaman Nyang and Abdullah Noorudeen Durkee.

Excerpt

Charles Selengut

Jewish-Muslim Encounters: History, Philosophy and Culture features a selection of papers presented at a conference on “JewishMuslim Encounters” sponsored by the Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace in the historic city of Cordoba, Spain, the site of the “Golden Age” of convivencia, of religious tolerance and theological and scientific cooperation between Jews and Muslims. the conference brought together distinguished Muslim and Jewish scholars for several days of intensive scholarly and religious interchange. Participants were asked to reflect on the nature of the Muslim-Jewish encounter in history, philosophy, religious thought and cultural life and to examine how critical theological and religious elements of these traditions have influenced and interfaced with each other.

While both Islam and Judaism are unique religious civilizations, each with a highly particularistic faith system and religious culture, these two world religions share much in common in their emphasis on an absolute monotheism and in their common origins and communal experiences in the Middle East, North Africa and Spain. Lawrence Kaplan explores philosophical and theological links in his highly original essay, “Philosophy and the Divine Law in Maimonides and Al-Farabi in Light of Maimonides’ Eight Chapters and Al-Farabi’s Chapters of the Statesman,” where he discusses the significant influence of the Arabic philosopher Al-Farabi on Moses Maimonides, perhaps the most important theologian and philosopher in Jewish History. Irfan Ahmad Khan’s essay, “The Qur’anic View of Moses as a Messenger of God from the Children of Israel to Pharaoh,” provides an Islamic view of the biblical personality of Moses and illustrates through a careful literary and theological . . .

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