Melton Graduate: The Star and the Crescent

The Star and the Crescent: The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam
Wednesdays | beginning February 13 | 6:45–8:00 pm | 10 sessions
Rabbi Shmuel Afek

Jews and Muslims have co-existed, both peacefully and contentiously, for more than a millennium. What do they have in common? What are the sources of tension and conflict? During the first thousand years after the founding of Islam, it was better to be Jewish in a Muslim country than in a Christian country. Only after that period did the relationship between Jews and Muslims deteriorate, particularly in the Middle East. Outside the Middle East, though, Jews and Muslims continue to find ways to coexist peacefully and often productively. This course will examine the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions.