Prof. Reuven Firestone from HUC-JIR Los Angeles gave a four-days intensive seminar from 22 to 25 May, 2011 for the Rabbinic students and the Rabbis. the subject was Islam and the history of Muslim-Jewish relations in the past and today. 
(His biography in short

On 22 May he gave a lecture for our Friends and other interested persons. The title: "A History of Muslim-Jewish Relations,  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

Below you will find:
1) a recording of the lecture (mp3, in two parts)
2) recordings of the lectures (mp3)
3) the study texts for the classes (PDF).

The lectures: 
A History of Muslim-Jewish Relations,  
   Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Part 1: The lecture
Part 2: Questions and answers

The lectures:

Day 1. A general survey of of Islam and Muslim-Jewish relations in history
Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3,  Part 4

Day 2. God, the Umma, the Qur'an (Koran), Islamic Law
Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3,  Part 4 

Day 3. Islam in Practice
Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3,  Part 4 

Day 4. 
Contemporary Developments in Islam and Jewish-Muslim Relations
Part 1,  Part 2

The  texts: 

(Please note: the texts actually studied on any specific day may differ what is stated below)  

Day 1:
1. Emerging Religions Clash texts
2. Muhammad, the Qur'an and the Question of Judaism
3. Muhammad Chronology
4. Muhammad Genealogy
5. The Bible expects Muhammad

Day 2:
1. Dhabih text
2. Qur'an on Jews
3. Shekhina
4. The Prophetic Call
5. The Story of the Sons of Adam

Day 3: 
1. The Five Pillars of Islam & Judaism
2. Hallal-Kashrut texts

Day 4:
1. Divine Authority and Mass Violence texts
2. Pluralism texts, Judaism, Christianity
3. Suicide and Martyrdom texts

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Rabbi Firestone is among others professor Medieval Judaism and Islam at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and founder co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement at the University of Southern California. He hhas published more than 80 scholarly articles and 7 books, one of which is an Introduction tot Judaism for Muslims, and another with the title “Islam for Jews.” 

Prof. Firestons is well-knows as an entertaining speaker with a good sense of humour.
Prof. Firestone wa in the Netherlans for the second time at the invitation of the Levisson Institute for the above described seminar. He was here for the same purpose in 2006, to lecture to our first class Rabbinic students. At that time he also gave a lecture to the Friends of the Institute with the title: "If there is only one God, why are there so many monotheisms?" The text of that lecture may be read here.

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