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Understanding Muslim Neighbors

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Understanding Muslim Neighbors


UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM NEIGHBORS is a transformational, in-depth seminar for Jews who want to build bridges of understanding and respect with Muslims for tikkun olam. With two full days of lecture, it navigates through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes, then equips Jews with the knowledge and tools needed to collaborate with Muslims in compassion. Taught by Prof. Rabbi Reuven Firestone, internationally renown expert on Islam and Muslim-Jewish relations, you don’t want to miss it!


Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Part I: Understanding Muslims
• What Muslims really believe about God, Torah, and Jews
• Expressions of Judaism that Muslims appreciate most
• Muslim sensitivities every Jew should know
• Common ground and differences between Muslims and Jews
• Arabs and Muslims in Jewish teachings
• Muhammad's relationship with Jews
• Understanding the Qur’an and Hadith
• Islamic spirituality and Jewish parallels
• Islamic law, states, and traditions
• Islamic holy days and ritual

Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Part II: Responding to Muslims
• Implications of the Qur'an for Jews
• Multiple monotheisms?
• Covenant and “Chosenness” in Islam
• Agreement and Disagreement between Jews and Muslims
• Kosher and halal
• Muslim prayer and clergy
• Islamic faith and Muhammad's Prophethood
• Muslims, mission, and jihad
• What the Qur’an really says about Jews
• Jihad, Israel, and Palestine
• Muslim views of The Holocaust

Part III: Studying Scripture with Muslims
• Navigating sacred vocabulary
• Pitfalls to avoid
• Abraham and Isaac in the Qur’an
• Cain and Abel in the Qur’an
• Jewish and Muslim interpretive approaches
• “Hot button” issues for Jews and for Muslims

Seminar notebook, kosher lunch, and refreshments included.



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