Dr. Reuven Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, and Affiliate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California (USC).
Recipient of numerous research fellowships and university invitations, he is currently a Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Berlin (summers, 2017-2019) and Sigi Feigel Visiting Professorship for Jewish Studies, University of Zürich (2018).
Firestone has written over one hundred scholarly chapters and articles and eight books, with translations into German, French, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Indonesian and Urdu.
Born in Northern California, he has lived with his family in Israel, Egypt and Germany, and he regularly lectures in universities and religious centers throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He served as vice president of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) and president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) and has initiated and continues to be involved in numerous projects and initiatives which bring together Jews Muslims and Christians, Jews and Arabs, and Israelis and Palestinians. He recieved rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR in 1982.
Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis (SUNY Press)
Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam (Oxford University Press)
Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims (Ktav)
Yahudiliği Anlamak İbrahim'in / Avraam'ın Çocukları (Istanbul: Gözlem Gazetecilik Basın ve Yayın A.Ş)
Jews, Christians, Muslims in Dialogue: A Practical Handbook, with Leonard Swidler and Khalid Duran (Twenty-Third Publications)
An Introduction to Islam for Jews (JPS)
Who are the Real Chosen People: The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Skylight Paths)
Holy War in Judaism: the Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea (Oxford University Press)
Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims (Oxford University Press)