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Can History Help Us Think About Religious Conflicts?
Lecture by David Nirenberg
Given at the University of Chicago on May 4, 2014
Interreligious conflict — and, with it, many questions about the role of scripture in that conflict — is once again at center stage in our geopolitical consciousness. Do the respective claims of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic holy texts contribute to the violence between the various communities that read them? Or do they provide a basis for solidarity between the three Abrahamic religions? In this Harper Lecture, David Nirenberg examined how the Qur’an, Torah, and New Testament have been read at different moments in history—including our own—in order to consider the politics of conflict and community among the “peoples of the Book.” Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought and founding director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.
See also David Nirenberg’s papers:
What Can Medieval Spain Teach Us about Muslim-Jewish Relations?
Was there Race before Modernity? The Example of ‘Jewish’ Blood in Late Medieval Spain