Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present

A Kaleidoscopic View


This volume assembles multidisciplinary research on the Judaeo-Islamic tradition in medieval and modern contexts. The introduction discusses the nature of this tradition and proposes the more fluid and inclusive designation of “Jewish-Muslim Relations.” Contributions highlight diverse aspects of Jewish-Muslim relations in medieval and modern contexts, including the academic study of Jewish history, the Qur’anic notion of the “upright community” referring to the “People of the Book,” Jews in medieval fatwas, use of Arabic and Hebrew script, Jewish prayer in Christian Europe and the Islamic world, the permissibility of Arabic music in modern Jewish thought, Jewish and Muslim feminist exegesis, modern Sephardic and Morisco identity, popular Tunisian song, Jewish-Muslim relations in cinema and A.S. Yehuda’s study of an 11th-century Jewish mystic.

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Josef Meri, D.Phil. (1999), Oxford University, is Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College, U.S.A. He has published extensively on the history of Muslim-non-Muslim relations in the Middle East in past and present. He recently published (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations (2016) and a historical introduction to Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

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Josef Meri

1 The Academic Study of Islamicate Jewry

Norman A. Stillman

2 The “Upright Community”: Interpreting the Righteousness and Salvation of the People of the Book in the Qurʾān

Asma Afsaruddin

3 Jews and Muslims [Re]Define Gender Relations in Their Sacred Books: yimshol and qawwāmūn

Ruth Roded

4 How did Jewish Prayer in the Medieval Islamic World Differ from Its Equivalent in Christian Countries?

Stefan C. Reif

5 A Matter of Script? Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic in the Genizah Collections

Esther-Miriam Wagner

6 Muslim-Jewish Relations in the Duties of Hearts: A.S. Yahuda and His Study of Judaism

Saeko Yazaki

7 A Fatwā by al-Māzarī (d. 536/1141) on a Jewish Silk Merchant in Gafsa

Camilla Adang

8 “There on the Poplars [Arabs] We Hung Up [Rely On] Our Lyres [Jewish Music]”: Rabbi ʿOvadyah Yosef’s Halakhic Rulings on Arabic Music

Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad

9 ‘Once Upon a Time Our Home Was in Spain’; Comparing Diaspora Discourses among Morisco Descendants and Sephardim Today

Marta Dominguez Diaz

10 Muslim-Jewish Relations in France through the Lens of Recent Cinema

Dinah Assouline Stillman

11 Remembering the Jewish Past through Song in Contemporary Tunisia

Ruth Davis

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