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Saturday, June 29 • 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Judaism and Islam: History and Hope

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Hebrew and Aramaic are the root languages of much of the Arabic lexicon and grammar.  Muslim and Jewish medieval linguists and grammarians identified this fact and collaborated in the development of similar grammatical guidelines and rules.  Under Muslim Spanish rule for almost 800 years, Jews were second-class citizens – but thrived with their Muslim counterparts in fields such as philosophy, navigation, astronomy, physics, commerce and medicine.

Mohammed through his exposure to Jewish people, culture, stories and ritual life designed many of the laws and rituals with Judaism as a paradigm.  His first wife Khadijah (595-619) and several others (Safiyah, Rayhana) were Jewish and enriched his understanding of this foundational religion, setting the stage for the rise of Islam in the 600s CE.

Let’s build a better future and alliance and common cause with Muslims through better and deeper understanding of our common roots.

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Henry Shreibman

Religion & Philosophy, Educator
Rabbi Shreibman has served on the faculty of the Dominican University since 2005.  He helped start the Jewish Studies program at Sonoma State University in 2010 and has also served on faculty at UC Davis.  His academic focus is at the juncture of comparative ancient ethics/philosophy... Read More →

Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:10pm PDT
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)