Workshop: „The Possibilities of Arab-Jewish Thought“

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From June 25 -27, 2014, the research program Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME) will organize a workshop on the possibilities of Arab-Jewish thought.

Venue: Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin.

Participants: Ella Shohat, Elias Khoury, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Reif Zreik, Yehouda Shenhav, Moshe Behar, Zvi Ben-Dor, and others.

The question of the “Arab Jew” evoked a growing amount of attention in recent years, both in popular and in academic circles, in Israel and Palestine, and in the Arab World. Dozens of academic works, novels, memoirs and documentaries have been written and produced in the past few years creating a growing body of knowledge that sheds light on the history of Jewish presence in the Middle East beyond 1948.

The recent collection of essays “Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought. Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893-1958” edited by Zvi Ben-Dor and Moshe Behar will be the starting point for the discussion. It is the first volume to include a larger variety of writings by Jewish intellectuals from the Eastern parts of the Ottoman Empire that emerged in a period where the contemporary boundaries in the Middle East have taken shape.

During the workshop we would like to discuss the modern history of Arab-Jewish thought, the idea of the “Arab Jew”, and the possibilities that Arab-Jewish thinking offers for the future of Palestine and Israel.

On Friday, June 27 (2-4 pm), the workshop will close with a Panel Discussion on the topic of “The Arab/Jew and the Question of Israel/Palestine” with Moshe Behar, one of the editors of the volume “Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought”), the Lebanese writer and intellectual Elias Khoury, the historian Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ella Shohat, one of the main protagonists of the concept of the “Arab Jew” and the Palestinian lawyer Raif Zreik (Haifa University).

EUME is a multi-disciplinary research program at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.

Please register by June 23: eume@trafo-berlin.de

More information can be found on the website of the Forum Transregionale Studien.

For further information please contact

Georges Khalil
gk@trafo-berlin.de
0049/30/89001-430


Forum Transregionale Studien

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and the rest of Germany, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions.

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