Jews in Muslim-Majority Countries – History and Prospects
Please register by 20 October 2017
Recent years have seen a growing interest in Jews from Arab or Muslim majority countries of the Middle East and North Africa across a variety of time periods. Scholars working at Western or Israeli universities often focus on aspects of Jewish communal and political life in Muslim majority countries prior to their exodus in the aftermath of the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948, or on their absorption into the margins of Israeli society in subsequent decades and the increasing role of Mizrahi Jews in contemporary Israeli politics and culture.
But there is also a growing trend in research that reaches beyond nationalist or communalist narratives to conceptualize Jewish communities in Middle Eastern countries as parts of local societies and evolving nation states. Moreover, a tradition of Jewish Studies exists in various Arab and Muslim majority countries that is largely separated from Western scholarship. Some North African and Middle Eastern countries, like Tunisia and Iraq, have seen a renewed interest in the Jewish heritage of the country, and Jewish contributions to national history.
Bringing together established and younger scholars from different continents and academic disciplines, the conference discusses questions of culture, identity and memory of Jewish life in Arab and Muslim majority countries, self-identification and belonging, as well as prospects for ethno-religious diversity and intercommunal relations in the MENA region.
This conference is a window into an area of scholarship that has hitherto been largely overlooked in Germany. It is jointly convened by the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin and the “Research Network Re- Configurations. History, Remembrance and Political Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa”, located at Philipps-Universität Marburg, in cooperation with the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and “Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe” (EUME), a research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien.
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(Last updated: 12 October 2017)
24 October 2017 – Tuesday Opening Session
|3 pm to 4 pm||Arrival and Registration|
|4 pm to 4.15 pm||Welcome|
|4.15 pm to 5.15 pm||Mark Cohen (Princeton University):
Jews in the Islamic World during the Middle Ages
|5.15 pm to 6.15 pm||Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago):
The Jew as a metaphor, Jews and the Arab Nahda
|6.30 pm to 7.30 pm||Aomar Boum (University of California):
Synagogues, Shrines and Cemeteries: Morocco's Jewish Life in Memory
|Chairs:||Achim Rohde (Philipps-Universität Marburg) and Yasemin Shooman (Jewish Museum Berlin)|
25 October 2017 – Wednesday
|9 am to 10.45 am||Panel 1: Between Dhimmi Status and Convivencia
Chair: Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben Gurion University of the Negev; EUME, Berlin)
Kerstin Hünefeld (Freie Universität Berlin):
Miriam Frenkel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):
Mikhail Kizilov (Centre of Russian Folklore, Moscow):
|11 am to 12.30 am||Panel 2: Majority-Minority Relations: Muslim Perceptions of Jews and Judaism
Chair: Walid Abd El Gawad (W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow)
Liran Yadgar (Yale University):
Orly Rahimiyan (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Ben-Zvi Institute):
Menashe Anzi (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev):
|12.30 am to 2 pm||Break|
|2 pm to 3 pm||Panel 3: Minority-Minority Relations: Eastern Christian Perceptions of Jews and Judaism
Chair: Georges Khalil (Forum Transregionale Studien; EUME, Berlin)
Alexandra Cuffel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum):
Carsten Walbiner (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt):
|3 pm to 4 pm||Panel 4: Historiography and Identity Politics
Chair: Sophie Wagenhofer (Verlag Walter De Gruyter)
Hakan T. Karatake (University of Chicago):
Ahmad Dallal (Georgetown University in Qatar):
|4.30 pm to 6 pm||Panel 5: Jewish Spaces in the Ottoman Empire
Chair: Gudrun Krämer (Freie Universität Berlin)
Menachem Klein (Bar-Ilan University):
Harvey E. Goldberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):
Michelle Campos (University of Florida):
26 October 2017 – Thursday
|9.15 am to 11 am||Panel 6: Jews in Pre-Modern Iran
Chair: Tal Ilan (Freie Universität Berlin)
Alberto Tiburcio (Philipps-Universität Marburg):
Mohammad Ali Tabataba'i & Heidar Eyvazi (Research Institute of the Quran and Hadith, Qom):
Dennis Halft (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev):
|11.15 am to 12.45 am||Panel 7: Jewish-Muslim Relations in 20th Century Lebanon and Syria
Chair: Reuven Snir (University of Haifa)
Seth Anziska (University College London):
Aline Schlaepfer (American University of Beirut and Université de Genève):
Faedah M. Totah (Virginia Commonwealth University):
|12.45 am to 2.15 am||Break|
|2.15 pm 3.45 pm||Panel 8: Contemporary Cultures of Remembrance in Literature and Film, Part 1
Chair: Christina von Braun (Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg)
Yuval Evri (SOAS University of London):
Najat Abdulhaq (MiCT – Media in Cooperation and Transition, Berlin):
Yaron Shemer (University of North Carolina):
|4.15 pm to 5.15 pm||Panel 9: Contemporary Cultures of Remembrance in Literature and Film, Part 2
Chair: Achim Rohde (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Ronen Zeidel (Tel Aviv University):
Mazin Ali (Baghdad): Yahud Al-Eraq baad 2003:
|5.15 pm to 8.45 pm||Roundtable Discussion: Jewish Studies in MENA Countries
Panelists: Marc David Baer (London School of Economics and Political Science), Mohamed Hawary (Ain Shams University, Cairo), Mohammed Kenbib (Mohammed V University, Rabat)
Chair: Ella Shohat (New York University)
27 October 2017 – Friday
(open for invited participants only)
|9 am to 1 pm||Young Scholars Forum
|1 pm to 1.30 pm||Closing Session|
The Research Network Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa
The Research Network Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa is a research unit located at Philipps-Universität Marburg’s Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF). Re-Configurations provides an institutional framework for an innovative, interdisciplinary, comparative, empirically-founded, and theory-led investigation of the transformation processes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region).
In cooperation with the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe (EUME), a research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien.
Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 3 pm to 7.30 pm,
Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 9 am to 6 pm,
Thursday, 26 October 2017, 9.30 am to 6.45 pm,
open for invited participants only: Friday 27 October 2017, 9 am to 3 pm
Free of charge
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Please register by 20 October!
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In cooperation with the Research Network Reconfigurations of the Philipps University Marburg, the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and “Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe” (EUME), a research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien.