Relations between Muslims and Jews are often overshadowed by the
conflict in the Middle East and by an increasing sense of insecurity
felt by each community. But there is more to Muslim-Jewish relations
than a history of discord.

This pioneering course will study the historical periods of fruitful co-existence and tolerance, the encounters which
brought Muslims and Jews together, and the shared
rituals that are part of the fabric of everyday life. We will
also ask difficult questions related to how perceptions of
the ‘other’ are formed in the context of sacred narratives. And whether
Islamophobia and Antisemitism are on the rise and how we should
deal with them. The course will also address modern
complexities, including the rise of modern Zionism and the
place of Palestine in Muslim consciousness.