Prof. Shari Lowin
15 teaching hours, equivalent to 2 ECTS
Shari Lowin is Professor of Islamic and Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Stonehill College, in Massachusetts (USA). She received her doctorate from the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on comparative aspects of early Islamic and classical rabbinic intellectual thought, particularly regarding Qur’ānic exegesis and midrash aggadah. Her most recent book, Arabic and Hebrew Love Poetry of al-Andalus (Routledge, 2013), follows these narratives as they travelled into the Arabic and Hebrew desire poetry of Muslim Spain. She is currently working on a book-project investigating “The Jews Say” verses in the Qur’ān. Lowin is the editor of the Review of Qur’ānic Research.
While many are aware that Jews are the “People of the Book,” few are aware that this title was bestowed by Islam. But, was it a compliment, as it is generally taken to be? This course will investigate the relationship between Islam and Judaism, beginning from Islam’s very founding. Course will analyze the attitude of the Qur’an to Jews and Judaism; the portrayal of Jews in the classical and later Islamic sources; the relationship between Muhammad and the Jews of Medina; the relationship between Muslim and Jewish exegetical materials; and, Islamic legal rulings on Jews and Judaism.