Interactive Histories, Co-Produced Communities: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Our goal is to provide the foundations of a new history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as co-produced communities, a history that makes clear the many different ideas and ideals that each of these communities has formed, and continues to form, by interacting with or imagining the others.

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A Material Case of Co-Production: An Arabic Christian Torah and the Qurʾān

A Material Case of Co-Production: An Arabic Christian Torah and the Qurʾān

At first glance, the Bibliothèque nationale de France Arabe 12 manuscript looks like a typical Qurʾān from the Mamluk period, painted in blue and gold tones, decorated with geometric and floral motifs framing an Arabic vocalized text written in the Mamluki nasẖ script and including a basmala preceding the first verse. Except that it is not a Qurʾān.

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Event: Open zoom seminar

Online Seminar with Jan Loop: “Co-production under Duress – Captive Labour in Early Modern Orientalist Scholarship”

May 20, 2024, 9–11 am EST / 3–5 pm CET Zoom

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Event: International Conference

Conference: Co-producing Heresies: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

September 1–4, 2024 Schloss Münchenwiler (CH)

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Who we are

The project is coordinated by Katharina Heyden, Professor for Ancient History of Christianity and Interreligious Encounters at the University of Bern (Switzerland), and David Nirenberg, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (U.S.), and includes a network of collaborators across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

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A Co-Produced Tradition about the Messiah and His Mother in Late Antique Rabbinic Literature

The Hebrew word mashia’h, meaning “anointed”, originally referred to people whose special relationship with God was sanctioned by a ritual act involving the rubbing of oil. In the Hebrew Bible, it is applied to priests, prophets, and kings, some also called “son of God” and/or “son of man”. Christian tradition has interpreted all these as references to Jesus, called “Christ”, the Greek translation of mashia’h. The analysis of a 4th-century rabbinic story about a historical Messiah born on earth at the end of the 1st century CE allows us to see how the characteristics attributed to the Messiah in late antiquity were shared and co-produced among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

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