Averroës Lectures on Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands

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

Past Events

A Conversation Featuring Hassan Aourid (Author) and Brahim El Guabli (Williams College), with an introduction by Aomar Boum (UCLA) – May 3, 2023
Historical Imaginings: North African Jews in Literary Worlds

Daniel Schroeter (University of Minnesota) – May 16, 2023
The Colonial Dhimmi: Islamic Sovereignty and the Making of the Indigenous Jew in Protectorate Morocco

A book talk by Emily Gottreich (University of California Berkeley) – Tuesday, February 14, 2023
In Search of Jewish Morocco

Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)  – February 23, 2023
Transnational Jewish Networks in Hashemite Iraq: Diaspora, Development and Interdependence

Jonathan Glasser (College of William & Mary)  – January 12, 2023
More Than Friends: Muslims, Jews, and Musical Intimacy Between Algeria and France

Joshua Schreier (Fordham University) – May 26, 2022
Ben Badis' Jews: Islamic Reform and Colonial Subjecthood in Interwar Algeria

Lital Levy (Princeton University) – March 3, 2022
Esther Azhari Moyal: Writer, Feminist, and Jewish Activist in the Ottoman Arab World, 1892-1913

FALL 2021
Daniella Farah (Rice University) – November 4, 2021
Jews and Education in Modern Iran: Identity, Integration, and National Belonging

Jessica Marglin (USC) – January 14, 2021
Jews and Legal Belonging in the Modern Mediterranean: The Life and Afterlife of Nissim Shamama (1805-1873)

Marina Rustow (Princeton University) – January 21, 2020
Lost Archives, Sacrosanct Wastebins and the Jewish Communities of the Medieval Islamicate World

FALL 2019
Chris Silver (McGill University) – October 30, 2019
Recording the Maghrib: Jews, Muslims, and Music in the 20th Century

Oren Kosansky (Lewis & Clark College) – May 15, 2019
Mahia on the Market: On the History of a Moroccan Jewish Commodity

Michelle Campos (University of Florida) – April 15, 2019
Unmixing the Holy City: Urban Coex-istence and Segregation in Early 20th Century Jerusalem

Ari Ariel (University of Iowa) – January 22, 2019
Yearning for Yemen: Migration and Memory

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

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

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

Eve Krakowski (Princeton University) – May 8, 2017
Beyond Honor and Shame: Rabbin-ic Control of Jewish Women in Medieval Egypt

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

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.