Dr. Marc Herman, Aresty Visiting Scholar, The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University
In the tenth-century middle east, two scriptural religions developed—for the first time—theoretical perspectives on the late antique legal traditions that they had inherited. Written in Arabic, these novel sacred histories penned by Muslim and Jewish theologian-jurists sought to clarify their religious legal systems and to resolve conflicting and discursive legal sources. Reading Muslim and Jewish sources in concert calls attention to the commonalities of these two communities' jurisprudence, illustrating that despite the theological competition between their two religions, the authors shared common epistemologies of revealed law.
Respondent: Dr. Paola Tartakoff, Departments of Jewish Studies and History, Rutgers University
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