Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue

Abraham Dialogue Institute

The Institute was created to facilitate dialogue between Abrahamic faiths, with special focus on dialogue between Jewish, Christian and Muslim relations in America as well as promoting interfaith dialogue between Muslim countries and America. Our symposiums welcome participation  of scholars and graduate students from US and other countries. Through the Abrahamic Dialogue Institute, We hope that other educational institutions in America and Abroad, especially in the Middle East, will open academic centers for interfaith dialogue and will join these efforts. We welcome religious and social studies professors and graduate students to join us as visiting scholars to study and research the interfaith work at the Hickey Center and the rest. 


Seminar: Jewish Muslim Relations: Past Present and Future

Where: Nazareth College, Arts Center, A 14

When: October 26, 2017, Thursday

Speaker: Dr. Reuven Firestone

Reuven Firestone was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1952 and educated at Antioch College, the Hebrew University  in Jerusalem, Hebrew Union College where he received his M.A. in Hebrew literature in 1980 and Rabbinic Ordination in 1982, and New York University where he received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies in 1988. From 1987 to 1992, he taught Hebrew literature and directed the Hebrew and Arabic language programs at Boston University. In 1992 he was awarded the Yad Hanadiv Research Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he spent the year conducting research on holy war in Islamic tradition.  In 2000, Professor Firestone was awarded a fellowship for independent research from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his research on holy war in Judaism, was chosen to be a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, received the Fulbright CASA III Fellowship for study and research at the American University in Cairo, spring, 2006 and the D.A.A.D. (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) grant to teach at the University in Potsdam, Berlin in 2012-2013. Since 1993 he has served as associate and then full professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Professor Firestone founded the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE), a joint program of Hebrew Union College, the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He served as vice president of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) and the president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA).

Firestone was an early member of the “Voice of Peace” radio project run by Abie Nathan on the Peace Ship in 1973-1974, including during the Yom Kippur War. The Voice of Peace was a news and music source in international waters of the eastern Mediterranean and the first source of news untainted by government manipulation in the Middle East. He has lived with his family in Israel, Egypt and Germany, and has initiated and been involved in numerous projects and initiatives which bring together Jews and Muslims, Jews and Arabs, and Israelis and Palestinians.

            Professor Firestone authored the following books:

  • Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims (Ktav)
  • An Introduction to Islam for Jews (JPS)
  • Jews, Christians, Muslims in Dialogue: A Practical Handbook, with Leonard Swidler and Khalid Duran (New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2006)
  • Learned Ignorance: An Investigation into Humility in Interreligious Dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews, with James L. Heft and Omid Safi (Oxford University Press)
  • Who are the Real Chosen People: The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Skylight Paths)
  • Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis (State University of New York)
  • Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam (Oxford University Press)

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