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History of Jewish Scholarship on Islam: The Story of a Fascination

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 at 4:30 PM until 5:30 PM

University of Victoria  (David Strong Building, C118)

Free public lecture

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Lansdowne Lecture by Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College
In the 19th Century, Jewish scholars in Europe began to demonstrate the parallels between Judaism and Islam. Theirs was a distinct Orientalism that focused on Islam’s rationalism, monotheism, and religious law. Join us to hear Heschel’s reflections on the role of Jewish scholarship within the larger context of the nineteenth century’s approach to “religion,” European imperialism, and its adoption and transformation of insights drawn from New Testament scholarship.