Jewish-Muslims Relations: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: December 5, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm


Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC
775 Talamini Rd
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Contact: Receptionist

Phone: 908-725-6994 x9018


Jewish-Muslims Relations: Challenges and Opportunities elisha-fishbane-image

  • Tuesday, December 5
  • 7pm
  • Fee $10

At a time when Jewish-Muslim relations are too often fraught with mutual suspicion and competing narratives, there is a great need for both communities to take stock of where we are and how we got here.  This presentation will explore our present predicament from a number of overlapping angles - history, religion, and politics - and consider alternative routes being explored today in Israel, Europe, and the United States to confront these challenges and work toward a more viable future.

Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, is a historian of Jewish life and culture in the Islamic world and of the religious and cultural encounters between Judaism and Islam.  He is the author of a book on the Jewish-Sufi movement of thirteenth-century Egypt, entitled Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Circle (Oxford University Press, 2015), and was awarded the Salo Baron Brize for best first book in Jewish Studies. Mr. Fishbane is currently at work on a history of old age in medieval Jewish society of the Mediterranean region, tentatively titled The Sabbath of Life: Portraits of Old Age in Medieval Jewish Society.