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Sunday, February 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in Venetian Ghetto: A rabbi reads the Quran

The contradictory views of Islam views towards dhimmi, Jews and Christians, are regularly discussed.  Our concern, however, will be what Christianity and Judaism have had to say about Islam. An example of their interactions appears in a manuscript collection of information about Islam compiled by the Venetian rabbi Leon Modena (1571-1648).   He relied on an Italian edition of the Qur’an, which had its roots in earlier Christian versions of the Qur’an that presented nuanced understandings and hostile comments – not unlike Islamic views of Christians and Jews. Modena presents Islam in a positive light, very close to rabbinic Jewish practice, and he uses negative information about Islam provided by Christians as part of his critique of Christianity.  As cultural mediators draw closer to other cultures, the ensuing distancing from their own culture has the potential to leave them with deeper insight about their own or a greater critical view of it.  Jews, Christians, and Muslims who draw close to each other today still face some of the same dynamics. 

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Howard Tzvi Adelman

Howard Tzvi Adelman is the Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Queen’s University, where he holds a cross-appointment in the Department of History.  His research and writing is about the Jews of Italy in the early modern period, especially the topics of women and family and the Venetian rabbi Leon Modena.  Howie holds degrees from Cornell, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Brandeis.  He was director of the Program in... Read More →

Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Library King David High School