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Muslims and Jews in America


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Preface; Congressman K.Ellison Introduction; R.Aslan PART I: CASE EXAMPLES: LESSONS LEARNED? You Can't Handle the Truth...or Maybe You Can; Rabbi B.Hirschfield Who Put Hate in my Sunday Paper: Uncovering the Israeli-Republican-Evangelical Networks behind the 'Obsession' DVD; O.Safi Children of Abraham in Dialogue; Rabbi A.Eilberg The Khalil Gibran International Academy - Lessons Learned?; D.Almontaser PART II: IDENTITY FORMATION: MUSLIMS, JEWS, AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Evolving from Muslims in America to American Muslims: A Shared Trajectory with the American Jewish Community; I.F.Abdul Rauf The War of Words: Jews, Muslims, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on American University Campuses; A.J.Hahn Tapper Muslims, Jews, and Religious Visibility on American College Campuses; T.Zaman J Street and Current Directions in American Muslim-Jewish Dialogue; H.Ellenson & Rabbi D.Ellenson PART III: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN REACHING ACROSS THE DIVIDE Introduction to Speeches by Rabbi Eric Yoffie and Dr. Ingrid Mattson; S.Syeed Inaugural Address at the 44th Convention of the Islamic Society of North America; Rabbi E.Yoffie Address at the 69th Conference of the General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism; I.Mattson Integration or Separation: The Relationship between Iranian Jewish and Iranian Muslim Communities in Los Angeles; S.Soomekh Challenges and Opportunities for Muslim-Jewish Peacemaking in America; S.Al-Marayati PART IV: TOWARD THE FUTURE: NEW MODELS IN JEWISH-MUSLIM RELATIONS Beyond Sarah and Hagar: Jewish and Muslim Reflections on Feminist Theology; A.Hidayatullah & J.Plaskow Status Quo vs. Solution: A Middle East Playbook; E.Patel Sacred Text Study as Dialogue between Muslims and Jews; R.Firestone & H.Farrag American Jews and American Muslims of Love; Rabbi M.Lerner Afterword; P.A.Geffen

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DR.REZA ASLAN Internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of Middle Eastern Studies, is a fellow at the University of Southern California's Centre on Public Diplomacy and Middle East Analyst for CBS News.

DR.AARON J. HAHN TAPPER Founder and Co-Executive Director of Abraham's Vision and an Assistant Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department of the University of San Francisco, USA, holding the Swig Chair of Judaic Studies, and he is also the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, the first academic program in the country formally linking these two fields.


"What has transpired in the last fifteen years vis-a-vis Jewish-Muslim relations among American actors has been groundbreaking and naturally wrought with significant tension and missteps, but also growth, as evidenced by the two speeches included in the volume by Dr. Ingrid Mattson and Rabbi Eric Yoffie. The collection of essays speaks to how far both communities have come within America and how far the communities need to advance. It is critical that the discourse on such a topic reflect the realities happening in American neighborhoods today. Because not a single book published - as far as I know - on Jewish-Muslim relations focuses on such tensions in American cities and how these tensions are perceived by their respective communities through the prism of nightly news or the sermons delivered on Friday or Saturday, this book will be breaking new ground, both for academics and activists." - al-Husein N. Madhany, Advisor to and Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University"The sophistication and acuity of the penetrating essays in this volume usher in a new era of maturity in Jewish-Muslim dialogue in America. While focusing on our common interests, the articles confront head-on the seemingly intractable differences that divide us. Muslims and Jews in America offers hope for the future of these two major American religions." - Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies and Director, Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary, and author of Sage Tales"This is a terrific book - helpful and hopeful and healing - written by Muslims and Jews who care about each other and care about America. They show that they have more in common with each other than what divides them, and their positive and realistic approach to interfaith relations should be a model for peace in the Middle East." - Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

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