"Why Do We Fear Them? The Origin and History of Islamophobia" with Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D. - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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"Why Do We Fear Them? The Origin and History of Islamophobia" with Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D.

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Join us on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET as Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam, presents, "Why Do We Fear Them?" The Origin and History of Islamophobia. 

Islamophobia is not new, though the term (coined, it seems, in 1910) became popular only in the 1990s. Fear of Islam (or of Muslims) entered into Western culture and worldview since the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, and in the Middle Ages Jews were considered allies of the reviled Muslims in much of Europe. This session will examine the origins and history of Islamophobia and consider why it has so often been associated with fear and hatred of Jews.    

Zoom information will be provided.

Questions? Contact Liza Sacks at lsacks@huc.edu.

 

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