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TitleOxford's Aleppo Connection
Place nameCenter for Jewish History
Date start10.06.2017 10:13 (191 Days Ago)
Date end10.08.2017 10:13 (130 Days Ago)
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Upcoming Programs

at the CENTER

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Oxford's Aleppo Connection: Edward Pococke (1604-91) from Humanism to Enlightenment via Hebrew and Arabic Learning

Lecture

Edward Pococke

Speaker: Lenn Goodman (Vanderbilt University)
On returning from Syria, Edward Pococke (1604-1691) became the first tenant of the chair in Arabic founded by Archbishop Laud. Besides translating Arabic books of history and poetry and commenting on books of the Hebrew prophets, Pococke introduced in England the work of the great Jewish philosopher, physician and jurist Moses Maimonides, overseeing the forging of special fonts to make possible his Porta Mosis, the Gateway to Moses (Maimonides). And he translated into Latin Ibn Tufayl’s 12th-century Arabic philosophical novel Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, the story of a man growing up without parents or language – a thought experiment designed to show what a human mind could achieve without the benefit (or interference) of tradition. Translated into many languages, the book influenced Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and helped inspire the transition from Renaissance humanism, with its devotion to Greek, Latin, and Hebrew texts, to the Enlightenment ideal of independent thinking.

Image: Bust of Edward Pococke in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford. For more information on the exhibition, please visit cjh.org/oxford

Presented by Center for Jewish History, Oxford University's Corpus Christi College & Yeshiva University Museum  > Free; reservations required

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Last chance to register -- course begins July 5!

Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Al-Andalus: Tolerance, Culture and Violence in Medieval Spain
Course

Hannah Arendt

Between 711 and 1492, Islamic governments ruled over varying swaths of the Iberian Peninsula. Muslim Spain, or al-Andalus, still holds a powerful grip on the modern imagination as a time and place of religious tolerance—a “golden age” in which Muslims, Jews, and Christians peacefully coexisted and culturally thrived. In this four-week course taught by Dr. Rachel Stein, students will explore this common perception of al-Andalus by examining primary sources produced by Muslims, Christians and Jews in medieval Iberia that bear witness to inter- and intra-faith relations: poetry, treatises, laws, chronicles, architecture, and manuscripts. What was the relationship between religion, language, and culture in the societies of al-Andalus? And to what extent should we use past societies like those of al-Andalus as mirrors or models to think through the present?

In order to attend the Al-Andalus course sessions, you must enroll for the entire course.

Presented by Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Center for Jewish History and American Sephardi Federation > $315; 10% discount for CJH members

To enroll and claim your 10% CJH member discount, please visit the course page and enter the code cjhmember during checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Our programs often sell out.
We strongly recommend reserving tickets in advance.

Next Week at the Center

Mordkhe Schaechter
Sunday, July 9, 1 pm
Annual Mordkhe Schaechter Memorial Program

Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Program in Memory of Dr. Mordkhe and Charne Schaechter
This program is in Yiddish
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