1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations

Edited By Josef Meri Copyright 2016
    546 Pages
    by Routledge

    546 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations invites readers to deepen their understanding of the historical, social, cultural, and political themes that impact modern-day perceptions of interfaith dialogue. The volume is designed to illuminate positive encounters between Muslims and Jews, as well as points of conflict, within a historical framework. Among other goals, the volume seeks to correct common misperceptions about the history of Muslim-Jewish relations by complicating familiar political narratives to include dynamics such as the cross-influence of literary and intellectual traditions. Reflecting unique and original collaborations between internationally-renowned contributors, the book is intended to spark further collaborative and constructive conversation and scholarship in the academy and beyond.

    Table of Contents



    Introduction - Josef (Yousef) Meri

    1. Historical Themes: Medieval - Josef (Yousef) Meri

    2. Historical Themes: Modern - Orit Bashkin and Daniel J. Schroeter

    3. Scripture and Exegesis - Shari Lowin and Nevin Reda

    4. Theology - Aaron Hughes

    5. Medicine – Paulina B. Lewicka and Gad Freudenthal

    6. Literature (Medieval) - Arie Schippers

    7. Literature (Modern) - Masha Itzhaki and Soubhi Boustani

    8. Islamic and Jewish Legal Traditions - Judith Frishman and Umar Ryad

    9. Philosophy - Oliver Leaman

    10. Education - Moshe Sokolow and Matthew Wilkinson

    11. Mysticism - Aaron Hughes

    12. Communities and Identity - Ben Gidley and Nasar Meer

    13. Constructive Dialogue –Akbar Ahmed and Edward Kessler

    14. Palestinian-Israeli Conflict - Donna Divine

    15. Women - Ibtissam Bouachrine and Judith L. Goldstein

    16. Nationalism-Arab - Yousef Choueiri

    17. Nationalism-Jewish - Yair Wallach

    18. Antisemitism and Islamophobia - Ivan Kalmar and Tariq Ramadan

    19. The Holocaust - Peter Wien

    20. The Nakba - Alexander Flores

    21. Cinema - Dinah Stillman and Aomar Boum

    22. Music - Edwin Seroussi

    23. Art - Aaron Rosen and Yasser Tabbaa

    24. Food and Foodways - David Waines and Sami Zubaida




    Josef Meri is Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge University. Born in the United States Dr Meri hails from a Jerusalemite family. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and has lived in Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem and from 2005-2010 in Amman, where he oversaw a major Qur’anic exegesis project at the Jordanian Royal Court. He previously held visiting appointments at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Sectional Editor of Wiley-Blackwell's online journal, Religion Compass.


    'This volume [is] an important contribution to the growing literature on Muslim-Jewish relations'

    - Mark R. Cohen, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, Emeritus, Princeton University, USA

    'Josef Meri and thirty-five other scholars lift a reader’s imagination above the current quagmire to the richness and complexities of Muslim-Jewish Relations over 13 centuries. This text is a post-modern exercise confronting the absolutes of power rhetoric with multiple perspectives from an ancient narrative.

    - Professor Joseph T. Kelley, Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College, USA