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Video: Islam and Jews in the Holy Land: Land and Nature and the Construction of Jewish Culture

In this talk, Dr. Mostafa Hussein explored the ways in which the Jewish intelligentsia in pre-state Palestine interacted with Arabo-Islamic civilization, as demonstrated in Hebrew works treating the geography and the nature of the Holy Land. The talk also highlighted how the Jewish engagement with Islamic culture contributed to the Jewish connection to the land and its nature. It also demonstrated how Jewish individuals who viewed themselves as culture shapers and scholars incorporated and exploited Arabo-Islamic knowledge within the domain of yediʿat ha-arets [the intimate knowledge of the land].

Due to technical difficulties, the video begins 1:30 in to the presentation