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Past and Present
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to Tuesday, March 21, 2017
In this three-part mini-course in Highland Park, esteemed scholar Dr. Jacob Lassner brought his vast knowledge of the Near East to a topic that could not be more relevant.
Dr. Lassner traced the origins of Muslim attitudes toward Jews and Judaism, providing a nuanced and historically rooted view of Muslim tolerance and intolerance, and exploring whether there might be an Islamic solution to the Arab-Israel problem.
In the first two sessions, Dr. Lassner covered topics which included the rise of Islam, Islamic attitudes to Jews and how such attitudes affected the daily lives of Jewish in Islamic lands, the subtle differences between antisemitism and anti-Judaism, and how antisemitism is reflected in anti-Israel propaganda. In the third session, he explored whether there is accommodation in Islamic tradition for a Jewish state within the Abode of Islam. And if so, how such an accommodation could affect the case of Israelis and Palestinians.
Dr. Jacob Lassner is the Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor Emeritus of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University and former director of Northwestern’s Jewish Studies program. He received his PhD in Near Eastern languages at Yale University and has taught at universities across North American and Israel. He is author of more than a dozen books and the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Skirball Fellowship at Oxford and an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
This special offering is Annual Norman Asher Memorial Program and Annual Horwitz Family Program in Jewish History, generously endowed by the Horwitz Charitable Fund.