Averroës Lectures on Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands

Andrea di Bonaiuto, Apotesosi di San Tommaso d'Aquino, 11 Averroè. (Photo: Sailko, cropped .) Used under license: CC BY 3.

Upcoming Events

 FALL 2018
Oren Kosansky (Lewis & Clark College) – EVENT POSTPONED
Mahia on the Market: On the History of a Moroccan Jewish Commodity

WINTER 2019 – January 22, 2019
Ari Ariel (University of Iowa)  

SPRING 2019 – April 15, 2019
Michelle Campos (University of Florida)

Past Events

 WINTER 2017
Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago) – February 16, 2017
A Baghdadi-Jewish Childhood: Jewish Muslim Relations in Iraq, 1931-1951


Eve Krakowski (Princeton University) – May 8, 2017
“Beyond Honor and Shame: Rabbinic Control of Jewish Women in Medieval Egypt”


FALL 2017

Julia Phillips Cohen (Vanderbilt University) – November 8, 2017
"A Model Minority? Sephardi Jews in the Late Ottoman Empire"

Aron Rodrigue (Stanford University) – January 22, 2018
"Between the Ottoman Empire and Italy: The Jews of Rhodes 1880-1936"

Lior Sternfeld (Ben Gurion University) – April 16, 2018
"Between Equal Citizenship and the Promise of Redemption: Iranian Jewish Identity at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"



About the Series

Underwritten by a generous anonymous donor, the Averroës Lecture Series focuses on Jewish communities living in Muslim lands prior to the 20th century. We are extremely grateful for the vision and innovation of this donor whose generous contribution has enabled us to expand programming at the Center for Near Eastern Studies in such an interesting direction. The program offers quarterly lectures over two years by experts from around the world, publishes an occasional paper series, and culminates in a major conference featuring young scholars engaged in cutting-edge research on the topic. This web page offers videos and podcasts of the lectures, along with complete reprints of the occasional papers.

Calligraphy by Masud Valipour

About Averroës

Averroës is the Latin name of ibn Rushd, the 12th century Andalusian polymath whose philosophical works integrated Islamic traditions with Ancient Greek thought. Over subsequent centuries, his commentaries on Plato and Aristotle came to influence Jewish and Christian thinkers throughout Europe, among them Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, and Baruch Spinoza. The choice of Averroës as the name for the Lecture Series is significant because it points to a history of Cordoba’s Jewish-Muslim relations and the connections between Averroës and Maimonides, both of whom were committed to intellectual exchange and communal life across religious boundaries.