Shia Islam & Judaism (Conference)



Muslim-Jewish Encounters: Shia Islam and Judaism
Inaugural Conference of the Muslim-Jewish Relations Initiative
Florida International University / University of Bamberg

Organized by Ezra Tzfadya, M.A. (Bamberg) and Dr. Iqbal Akhtar (FIU)

Day 1: April 10th

4:00-6:30: Panel 1: Conceiving the Subfield of Shia Islamic-Jewish Studies

Chair: Dr. Eric Larson, FIU

1) David Moshfegh (IE University, Madrid/Segovia) : “Ignaz Goldziher’s Philo-Sunnism
and the Idea of Aryan Islam: How Monotheistic Motivations Recast Readings of Shia
Islam in Islamwissenschaft

2) Aaron Hughes (University of Rochester): “Constructions of Shia Islam and Judaism in
Mainstream Academic Islamic Studies”

15 min. break

3) Ehud Krinis (University of Michigan): “Medieval Shia -Jewish Studies: State of the

7:00- 8:15. Opening Keynote:

Chair: Dr. Tudor Parfitt (FIU)Welcoming Remarks (Possible President Rosenberg, Mesbahi, Ezra )

Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago): “When Jews Marched for Hossein: Shia-Jewish Relations in Hashemite Iraq (1921-1958).”

Day 2 : April 11th

Venue: Florida International University

10:30-1:15 Panel 2: The Medieval Shia Islamic Theological Encounter with Judaism

Chair: Dr. Carolos Granier

1) Patrick Franke (University of Bamberg): “These are the Twelve, the Number of the
Tribes.” The Twelve Tribes of Israel as Pre-figurations of the Imams in Shia Islam “
15-minute formal response: Ehud Krinis: The Idea of Imamate and Judah Halevi’s

Concept of the Chosen People of Israel

2) Samuel Schidem (House of One for Study and Prayer, Berlin): “Jethro’s Pre-Mosaic,
Proto-Judaism: The Druze Exegetical Reception of the Biblical Jethro Narrative.”
15 min. break

3) Hassan Ansari (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) “A Refutation of Jewish
Theology by the Imami Theologian al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā (355-436/967-1044).”

2:30-4:00 Panel 3: Medieval Judaism in the Shia-Islamic Context
Chair: Dr. Oren Stier

1) David Hollenberg (University of Oregon) “Prayer and Politics in Fatimid Egypt: The
Cairo Geniza Fragments of the Birkat ha-minim (Curse of the Sectarians)”

2) Daniel Frank (Ohio State University): “The “Mourners of Zion:” Early Karaite Judaism
and its Shia Islamic Context”

4:30-6:00: Panel 4: Judaism in the Shia Islamic Context (16th-19th Centuries).
Chair: Dr. Naisy Sadury
1) Tudor Parfitt (Florida International University): “The Jews, the Imam and the Exile to

2) Vera Moreen (Ind. Scholar): Shi’i-Jewish Relations in the Safavid and Qajar Eras:
The Role of the ‘Ulama’

6:30 -7:45. Keynote 2

Welcoming Remarks (Possible Dean Stack, Iqbal, Patrick Franke-Bamberg)

Chair: Ezra Tzfadya

Oliver Leaman (University of Kentucky): “Is Rabbinic Judaism “Shia” or “Sunni”?

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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