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.
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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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
3 Jews and Muslims [Re]Define Gender Relations in Their Sacred Books: yimshol and qawwāmūn
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
6 Muslim-Jewish Relations in the Duties of Hearts: A.S. Yahuda and His Study of Judaism
7 A Fatwā by al-Māzarī (d. 536/1141) on a Jewish Silk Merchant in Gafsa
8 “There on the Poplars [Arabs] We Hung Up [Rely On] Our Lyres [Jewish Music]”: Rabbi ʿOvadyah Yosef’s Halakhic Rulings on Arabic Music
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
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