This series will explore the intertwined destinies of Judaism and Islam including the concept of the Jews and Arabs as cousins, the Jewish background to the Islamic religion, and the Muslim-Jewish symbiosis during the Medieval Period. Topics will include the influence of Jewish teaching on Muhammad (570-632), the founder of Islam; the relationship between the Five Pillars of Islam and Judaism; the Qur'an's attitudes towards Jews and Judaism; the status of Jews as dhimmi ("protected minority") under Islam; the secular culture of medieval Islamic civilization; the Golden Age of Jewish Life in Muslim Spain; and the current state of Islamic civilization.
David Ariel is President of Ariel Learning, a global Jewish learning organization. He has served as President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford (UK) and as President of Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of four books including Kabbalah; What Do Jews Believe? and Spiritual Judaism.
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