Why Do Jews Need to Know About Islam?

By Reuven Firestone

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2007

The author argues that it is both necessary and highly valuable for Jews to understand the customs and theology of Islam and Muslims. He affirms that there is a broad chasm between media depictions and informed knowledge and impressions and understanding of Islam. He highlights that without this understanding, responsible decision-making on the part of Jews about issues concerning Muslims and Islam is impossible. However, he also acknowledges that the relationship between Jews and Muslims may be difficult because of events that have occurred in recent times. He concludes by recounting a fable that ends with the assertion that with a deeper understanding of Islam it may be possible to develop better compassion and sensitivity to Islam.

Topic: Islam, Education, Community Relations, Jewish-Muslim Relations, Discourse and Dialogue, Religion

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Potok, Rena

Volume/Issue: vol.72/no.1

Page Number(s): 5 - 11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Identifier: 0034-1495

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Firestone, Reuven. Why Do Jews Need to Know About Islam?. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2007: 5 - 11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4014


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