Several years ago an international conference was held at the University of California to honor Professor William Brinner, whose personal scholarship throughout the years has focused on both the Jewish and Muslim historical, cultural, and intellectual experiences. This volume, which consists of the works of many of the conference participants, is a collection of essays that deal with the interaction of Judaism and Islam over history from different perspectives.
The book is divided into nine parts: introduction, overview, Jewish-Muslim interaction in medieval times, Jewish-Muslim interaction in modern times, Bible and Qur'ān, law, philosophy and ethics, sectarian communities, and language, linguistics and literature.
As a resolution the Arab-Israeli conflict slowly edges forward, we believe that this publication will serve the purposes of both serious scholarship and better cultural understanding.
Benjamin Hary, Ph.D. (1987), University of California, is currently Associate Professor of Hebrew, Arabic and Linguistics at Emory University in Atlanta. He has published extensively in the area of Judeo-Arabic and Arabic linguistics and dialectology.
John Hayes, Ph.D. (1984), UCLA, is Lecturer in Arabic and Semitics in Berkeley, and is interested in the linguistic history of the Ancient Near East. The second edition of his
Manual of Sumerian is scheduled to appear in 2000.
Fred Astren, Ph.D. (1993), University of Berkeley, is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University with research interest in Jewish history under Islam and the Karaite Jewish sect.
The volume has a great deal to offer and stands as a fitting tribute to William Brinner...this timely and thouthful collection of essays...' Michael Frassetto,
All those interested in religious studies, history of religions, Judaism, Islam, Jewish and Muslim Law, Bible and Qur'ān, Jewish and Muslim philosophy, and literary studies.