Welcome to the course homepage for 10 Great Texts with Reuven Firestone!
From one of our most successful Alumni Study Programs, 10 Great Texts, produced by the HUC-JIR Departments of eLearning and Alumni Engagement. We are pleased to share this insightful learning resource with additional Alumni and with the larger community of adult learners as we release the entire series over the next nine months. Please note that some of the PDF resources may have date and segment numbers that no longer apply (e.g., Session 6).
There are four study elements in this program:
In Part One you will access a video presentation with our scholar and download written background material to set the context for what you will be studying.
For Part Two we encourage you to find a chevruta or small group study, grapple with the actual text and address the questions and/or activity provided by our scholar.
In Part Three our scholar will share his/her analysis and understanding of the text.
In Part Four you will be able to access special educational materials that can be used with this text. These guides/lesson plans are being created by our educational team for use in adult study and/or teenage or confirmation-type settings.
Reuven Firestone is Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.
He served for eight years as Director of HUC-JIR's Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies and the Jerome Louchheim School of Undergraduate Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California, which offers degrees in cooperation with HUC-JIR. Prior to joining the HUC-JIR faculty, he taught at Boston University and was Yad Hanadiv Research Fellow at the Hebrew University. He received a Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) III research fellowship for the Spring 2006 semester for study at the American University of Cairo, funded by the Fulbright Bi-national Committee in Egypt and the U.S. Department of Education. In 2000, Professor Firestone was awarded a fellowship for independent research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was chosen to be a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. His specialties are early Islam and its relationship with Jews and Judaism, scriptural interpretation of the Bible and Qur'an, and the phenomenon of holy war.
Reuven's recent publications include: The Revival of Holy War in Judaism (Forthcoming, 2006); Jews, Christians, Muslims in Dialogue: A Practical Handbook, (Forthcoming, 2007); Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims (2001); Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam (1999); Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis (1990).
These materials were developed by:
Julia Phillips Berger, RJE, MAJE
RHSOE '00. Julia is an instructor in the Judaic Studies Department at the Univ. of Central Florida. She has worked with adults, teens and children in a wide variety of formal and informal settings in the Jewish community.
Deborah Niederman, RJE, MAJE
RHSOE '93. Debbie currently serves as Coordinator of HUC-JIR Schools of Education Alumni Engagement and Coordinator of Induction and Retention for the Jim Joseph Education Initiative of HUC-JIR and works on special projects for the URJ's Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning.
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Thank you and good studying!