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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Jacob Ben Reuben’s Milchamot HaShem: A Co-produced Christian-Jewish Dialogue

Jacob Ben Reuben’s Milchamot HaShem: A Co-produced Christian-Jewish Dialogue

In the history of Christian-Jewish interactions in the Latin West, the 11th and 12th centuries are known for their rich production of Christian literary dialogues. Works of this genre present a conversation between a Jewish and a Christian figure about the Christian faith. While these exchanges may be based on real conversations, they are fundamentally fictional scenarios invented by their Christian authors. They serve primarily to refute Jewish criticisms of Christianity, to polemicize against Judaism, and thus to emphasize Christianity as the only true religion. Such dialogues leverage invented conversations to present a Christian self-understanding in the face of and by using the Jewish other. In this sense, they can be perceived as artifacts of religious co-production.

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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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New Case Study

In Search of a Sinful Pun: The Coproduction of Israelite Sin in the Qurʾan and Early Islamic Exegesis

By Shlomo Zuckier and David Gyllenhaal

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