Shia Islam & Judaism (Conference)

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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
Subfield”

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
Mawza”

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”?

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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