Muslims and Jews in America Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities

ISBN-10: 023010861X

ISBN-13: 9780230108615

Edition: 2011

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List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704

Born in Iran, Dr. Reza Aslan is a writer and scholar of religion. He is also President and CEO of Aslan Media Inc. Dr. Aslan has degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Dr. Aslan also serves on the national advisory board of the Levantine Cultural Center, building bridges between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world. Aslan's first book, the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (Heinemann 2005), has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the editor of the anthology Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East: A Words Without Borders Anthology (WW Norton 2010). His latest work is entitled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Random House 2013). Dr. Aslan lives in Los Angeles where he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of Middle Eastern Studies, is a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy and Middle East Analyst for CBS News. He is also a featured blogger for Anderson Cooper 360. Aslan has graduated from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors for the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues, Abraham’s Vision, a conflict transformation organization, and PEN USA. Aslan’s first book is the New York Times Bestselling,No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award in the UK, and nominated for a PEN USA award for research Non-Fiction. His second book,How to Win a Cosmic War, was published and released by Random House in April 2009, followed by an edited anthology,Words Without Borders: Contemporary Literature from the Muslim World, scheduled to published by Norton in 2010. Aslan is co-founder and creative director of BoomGen Studios, a hub for creative content from and about the Middle East, as well as the Editorial Executive of Mecca.com, an on-line community for Muslim youth. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles where he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside. Dr. Aaron J. Hahn Tapperis the Founder and Co-Executive Director of Abraham's Vision, a conflict transformation organization founded in 2003 and based in San Francisco that works within and between the Jewish, Muslim, Israeli, and Palestinian communities. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department of the University of San Francisco, holding the Swig Chair of Judaic Studies, he is 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. Hahn Tapper also co-founded and co-runs the Center for Transformative Education. Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, Hahn Tapper previously lived in the Middle East for five years—four years in Jerusalem and one year in Cairo—and traveled extensively in Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, and Syria. He received a BA from Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Psychology, a Master's degree from Harvard Divinity School, focusing on World Religions, and a PhD in Comparative Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where his doctoral dissertation, “From Gaza to the Golan: Religious Nonviolence, Power, and the Politics of Interpretation,” explored the relationship between the socio-political context of Israel and Palestine, religious law, and power. He studied previously at Bir Zeit University while serving as a Harvard University Frederick Sheldon Fellow, and served as a Legal Intern with the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has also been a Fulbright-Hays scholar and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Hahn Tapper has been involved in Jewish education for two decades, shifting his focus towards Jewish-Arab, Jewish-Muslim, and Israeli-Palestinian education ten years ago.

Foreword
List of Contributors
Introduction
Case Examples: Lessons Learned?
You Can't Handle the Truth … or Maybe You Can
Who Put Hate in My Sunday Paper?: Uncovering the Israeli-Republican-Evangelical Networks behind the �Obsession� DVD
Children of Abraham in Dialogue
The Khalil Gibran International Academy-Lessons Learned?
Identity Formation: Muslims, Jews, and the American Experience
Evolving from Muslims in America to American Muslims: A Shared Trajectory with the American Jewish Community
The War of Words: Jews, Muslims, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on American University Campuses
Muslims, Jews, and Religious Visibility on American College Campuses
J Street and Current Directions in American Muslim-Jewish Dialogue
Challenges and Opportunities in Reaching across the Divide
Introduction to Speeches by Rabbi Eric Yoffie and Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Inaugural Address at the Forty-fourth Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America
Address at the Sixty-ninth Conference of the General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism
Integration or Separation: The Relationship between Iranian Jewish and Iranian Muslim Communities in Los Angeles
Challenges and Opportunities for Muslim-Jewish Peacemaking in America
Toward the Future: New Models in Jewish-Muslim Relations
Beyond Sarah and Hagar: Jewish and Muslim Reflections on Feminist Theology
Status Quo versus Solution: A New Middle East Playbook
Sacred Text Study as Dialogue between Muslims and Jews
American Jews and American Muslims of Love
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Index
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