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Isaac Encounters Ishmael
On the Relationship between Judaism and Islam

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

In a world riveted by a renascent Islam, this seminar offers a framework to better understand Islam’s contemporary confrontation with Judaism. Through an analysis of Islamic teachings the following issues will be addressed: the myth of a perpetual ‘Golden Age’; are anti-Judaism and violence essential to Islam?; the centrality of Jerusalem to both Islam and Judaism; commonalities and divergences between the two religious traditions and their respective openness to criticism.

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Hillel at UCLA

Chaim Seidler-Feller has been working with students and faculty as UCLA’s Hillel Director for thirty-six years. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University where he completed a Masters in Rabbinic Literature. Chaim is a lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA and is a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies.

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