Jewish-Muslim Coexistence in the Middle Ages

Mark R. Cohen

Mark R. Cohen

Jewish-Muslim Coexistence in the Middle Ages

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cascia Hall, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Prof. Mark R. Cohen

Prof. Cohen, winner of the 2010 Goldziher Prize for Jewish-Muslim Relations, is The Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

A well known historian of the Jews in Arab lands in the Middle Ages, his publications include over 100 articles and reviews and several books, including  “Under Crescent and Cross:  The Jews in the Middle Ages” (1994, new edition 2008), which has been translated into Hebrew, Turkish, German, Arabic, French, and Romanian (Spanish forthcoming).

Made possible by a generous grant from the William and Mary Greve Foundation, the Goldziher Prize is a $25,000 cash award named for the great 19th century Islamicist Ignac Goldziher, a Hungarian Jew who revered Islam and Muslim people and validated Islamic studies in the 19th century European university context.

Upon learning he was to receive the first Goldziher Prize, Prof. Cohen said, “The mission of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations comes at a critical time as we witness the clash of civilizations and the conflict between the east and west.  The similarity of Jews and Muslims is woefully forgotten and we need to realize their commonalities such as their monotheism, the practice of daily prayers, dietary laws and charity in their daily lives.  Being awarded the Goldziher Prize is both an honor and a challenge, to write about the past without being tainted by the exigencies of the present.”

We will announce the winner of the Goldziher Prize 2012 before the lecture at 7:30 p.m.

 

Made possible by a generous grant from the 

William and Mary Greve Foundation

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the program.

Refreshments will be served

Prayer space will be available in the Sakowich Campus Center

Please visit our website at

www.merrimack.edu/JCM for more information

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