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06/12/2019 - 06/12/2019 | Greifswald

“Toldoth Muhammad”: Ancient Jewish Stories about Muhammad, his Prophethood, and the Qur’an

9. Gustaf-Dalman-Lecture von Professor Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)

Medieval polemics tended to be harsh and belligerent, but while Muslims and Christians produced polemics under the protection and encouragement of their own religious and political authorities, Jews lived everywhere as minority communities and therefore lacked such security. In order to maintain their own sense of dignity Jews polemicized as well, but they had to be subtle in argument for their own protection. One form of polemic produced by Jews and developed entirely for internal consumption is “counter-history,” which retells well-known narratives in a manner that questions or undermines their message. One such counter-history is an ancient Jewish re-telling of the traditional Muslim Sīra, the narrative of divinely authorized prophethood and revelation accorded to Muhammad.

Reuven Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Affiliate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. Currently he is a Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Berlin. He served as vice president of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) and president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association. His research interests are amongst other things the Bible and its exegesis, the Qur’an and its exegesis and Comparative Religion. Reuven Firestone has written over one hundred scholarly chapters and articles and eight books with translations into several languages.

Moderation: Professor Dr. Stefan Beyerle

Information on participating / attending:
Der Besuch dieser Veranstaltung ist kostenlos.

Date:

06/12/2019 19:00 - 06/12/2019 20:30

Event venue:

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg
Martin-Luther-Straße 14
17489 Greifswald
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Germany

Target group:

all interested persons

Relevance:

transregional, national

Subject areas:

Religion

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture

Entry:

05/21/2019

Sender/author:

Tim Lüdtke

Department:

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald

Event is free:

yes

Language of the text:

German

URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event63793

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