The Intersection of Judaism and Islam After 9/11
Third Annual Eastern Region Associates' Yom Iyum/Day of Learning
Saturday, March 16, 9:45 am - 3:30 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Brookdale Center
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan
Recent acts of terrorism in Israel and the United States have
highlighted the contemporary struggle between Jews and Muslims.
However, these two significant faith communities existed as partners
for hundreds of years in communities throughout the world. The ancient
teachings of Judaism and Islam will provide the backdrop for their
day of learning. Abraham and Ibrahim: The Intersection of
Judaism and Islam After 9/11 will help us understand what
unites and what separates Jews and Muslims.
This event is an opportunity for Reform lay and religious leaders
from the Eastern Region (Florida to Maine) to experience a day of
study and worship with HUC-JIR faculty and students, and to learn
from well-known experts on the Middle East and Terrorism: Dr.
Ziba Mir-Hosseini, filmmaker, independent consultant, researcher
and writer on Middle Eastern issues and Warren Bass, Director
of Special Projects for the Council on Foreign Relation's Terrorism
Ziba Mir-Hosseini is an independent consultant, researcher
and writer on Middle Eastern issues, specializing in gender, family
relations, Islam and law. She obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology
in 1980 at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Mir-Hosseini is currently
Visiting Professor of Global Law at New York University School of
Law and Research Associate at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern
Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
She is the author of Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family
Law in Iran and Morocco; Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate
in Contemporary Iran; and most recently Feminism and the
Islamic Republic: Dialogues with the Ulema. She has also produced,
with Kim Longinotto, two feature-length documentaries on contemporary
issues in Iran: Divorce Iranian Style and Runaway.
Warren Bass is the Director of Special Projects for the
Council on Foreign Relation's Terrorism Program. Before that he
was an editor for Foreign Affairs. He was educated at Queen's
University in Ontario, Canada and Columbia University in New York
and holds several awards for his research in Middle Eastern affairs.
Mr. Bass is currently completing a book entitled Support any
Friend: Kennedy, Nasser, and the Origins of the U.S.- Israel Alliance.
His other publications include The American Encounter: The United
States and the Making of the Modern World, and Triumph Without
Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War.
Members of the College-Institute's distinguished faculty who will
teach at Abraham and Ibrahim include Rabbi Aaron Panken,
Dean of HUC-JIR's New York School; Dr. Mark Kligman, Associate
Professor of Jewish Musicology and Dr. Alyssa Gray, Assistant
Professor in Codes and Responsa Literature. Join discussions and
share opinions with experts in Talmud and later Jewish law, as well
as Jewish history and music. Program participants will also have
the opportunity for a private, guided tour of the College-Institute's
critically acclaimed Museum.
Pre-registration is required, contact Sarah Braum at 212.824.2208.