Yasin Meral, assistant professor of history of religions at Ankara University, is the seminary's first visiting Muslim scholar.
The Jewish Theological Seminary last week appointed its first Muslim visiting scholar. Yasin Meral, assistant professor of history of religions at Ankara University, will conduct post-doctoral research at JTS this year. Meral, whose Ph.D. dissertation was on “Islam and Muslims in the Writings of Maimonides,” has done post-doctoral work on end-times issues in the Jewish and Islamic traditions. The Jewish Week interviewed him by email. This is an edited transcript.
As Jewish-Muslim tensions rise in Brooklyn, two communities try dinner, and tolerance.
Amy Sara Clark
Within days of the June 12 abduction of the three Israeli yeshiva students, Nourhan Elbassiony’s Facebook feed began to change. By the time the boys’ bodies were discovered two weeks later and a Palestinian was burned alive in an apparent revenge attack, the Sheepshead Bay college student’s social media feed had become a battlefield of its own.
Another summer, another chance to take Jewish-Islamic dialogue on the road in France.
This time, the road is Route E 54, headed southeast from Paris toward Besancon.
A unique experiment in interfaith dialogue recently pulled into the city in eastern France with its message of trust and tolerance.
The Jewish-Muslim Friendship Bus, a five-year-old project of a French Jewish-Muslim Friendship group known as AJMF, travels the country each summer, preaching coexistence to members of the religious communities that have been riven by violence and hatred in recent years.