November 9, 2009 | 4-5 PM | Free & Open to the Public
Humanities 1 Building, Room 210, UC Santa Cruz
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Fred Astren, Chair of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, holds degrees in Medieval History (Minnesota), Arabic (UC Berkeley), and Near Eastern Studies (UC Berkeley). His interests include minority/sectarian history and sacred history in the Mediterranean Middle Ages, with special focus on Jewish history under Islam, Jewish-Muslim relations, and the Karaite Jewish sect. Among his publications are Karaite Judaism and Historical Understanding (University of South Carolina, 2004), which won an award from the Koret Foundation, and a co-edited volume, Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Interaction, and Communication (Brill, 2000). The present talk is drawn from his book-in-progress on Jews in the early medieval Mediterranean.
Presented by the Mediterranean Seminar. This event was made possible by a generous grant from the David B. Gold Foundation, with co-sponsorship by Center for Jewish Studies and by Cowell College. Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.
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