Jews and Muslims: The Long View with Dr. Emily Gottreich

Jews and Muslims: The Long View with Dr. Emily Gottreich


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In this seminar, we will go beyond the headlines to look at the deeper historical and theological foundations of this millenium-plus relationship, starting with Muhammad and the Jews of seventh century Arabia and continuing through Al-Andalus, the Ottoman Empire, and the resurgence of Jewish culture in many parts of the Islamic world today.

How did the new religion (Islam) deal with the pre-existing religions it encountered as it spread outward from Arabia, as far as Spain in the west and India and Indonesia in the east? What roles did Jews play in the various Islamic societies that developed? Are all Jews in the Islamic world Sephardic? And finally, how central is the Israel-Palestine conflict to this broader history?

Led by a Harvard-trained historian of the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Emily Gottreich, this seminar will introduce participants to the lived history of Muslim-Jewish relations in a variety of rich contexts. Relying on historical documents, scripture, videos, and a wealth of images, we will survey a history that is as complex as it is fascinating. This is a unique opportunity to go beyond the polemics on both sides and try to understand the historical record on its own terms.

Emily Gottreich is an expert in Moroccan Jewish history and Muslim-Jewish relations in the Arab-Islamic world more broadly. She is the author of The Mellah of Marrakech: Jewish and Muslim Space in Morocco’s Red City, published in French translation by the University of Mohammed V Press in Rabat in 2016, and co-editor with Daniel Schroeter of Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa (Indiana University Press: 2011). Her most recent book is Jewish Morocco: A History from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Global Studies and the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley, where from 2014-2020 she also served as the Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Prof. Gottreich received her BA in Middle Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, and her MA and PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History from Harvard University. She is a three-time Fulbright awardee, a past president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, and a winner of the Phi Beta Kappa award for Excellence in Teaching.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Debra B. (Cody, US)
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Larry Levine (Carmel-by-the-Sea, US)
Excellent program, food for further thought and research.

This was an excellent program and presentation. It covered many areas of history and culture of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, which will merit considerable more thought and even research. Put some important current issues in context.

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Roberto Armitage Maduro (Panama City, PA)
Illuminating!

Dr. Gottreich's presentation was outstanding. She was able to concentrate 1400 years of history in one hour (in itself a feat), with very interesting information and comments. Highly recommended!

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Jean Goeppinger (Charlottesville, US)

The best I've heard -- well-organized, scheduled, informative AND conversational. Thanks!

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Debra B. (Cody, US)
Jews and Muslims

Excellent

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Larry Levine (Carmel-by-the-Sea, US)
Excellent program, food for further thought and research.

This was an excellent program and presentation. It covered many areas of history and culture of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, which will merit considerable more thought and even research. Put some important current issues in context.

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Anonymous (Pittsburgh, US)

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Roberto Armitage Maduro (Panama City, PA)
Illuminating!

Dr. Gottreich's presentation was outstanding. She was able to concentrate 1400 years of history in one hour (in itself a feat), with very interesting information and comments. Highly recommended!

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Jean Goeppinger (Charlottesville, US)

The best I've heard -- well-organized, scheduled, informative AND conversational. Thanks!