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: International Conference

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

September 1–4, 2024 Schloss Münchenwiler (CH)

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Event: International Conference

Conference: Co-produced Rituals between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Uncovering a Common Late Antique and Early Medieval Religious Culture

April 2-3, 2025 Bern, Switzerland

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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

James Baldwin’s Meeting with Elijah Muhammad and the Co-Production of Religion and Black Identities in Twentieth-Century America

In their forthcoming article titled “Co-produced Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” (2024), Katharina Heyden and David Nirenberg call for a consideration of how the three religions have shaped and continue to shape racial imaginaries. This case study utilizes James Baldwin’s meeting with Elijah Muhammad as a framing device for discussing some early twentieth-century narratives of Judaism and Islam as reimagined through the prism of black racialized identities.

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