Judaism's Embrace of Islam: An Historical Inquiry into the Role of Islam in Modern Jewish Thought


Friday, May 3, 2013, 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present the 2013 Hilda B. Silverman Memorial Lecturer

Susannah HeschelSusannah Heschel
Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College

Read Susannah Heschel's lecture

Susannah Heschel holds the Eli Black Professorship in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of antisemitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press).

Currently she is writing a book on the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam from the 1830s to the 1930s. For that project, she received a Scholar’s Grant in Islamic Studies from the Carnegie Foundation, and was given a fellowship in 2011-12 to the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, an institute for advanced study.

Professor Heschel's lecture will ultimately be available in published form. Meanwhile, this recently-published article of hers has significant overlap with her oral presentation: "German Jewish Scholarship on Islam as a Tool for De-Orientalizing Judaism," Susannah Heschel, New German Critique (2012) 39(3 117): 91-107.

To read more about Hilda B. Silverman, click here.

Contact: Sara Roy