Wed 04 Jun 2014

The Possibilities of Arab-Jewish Thought

EUME Workshop from 25 to 27 June 2014, with Ella Shohat, Elias Khoury, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Raeif 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 before and after 1948.

Revisiting this multifaceted history of the “Mizrahi”, the “oriental Jew”, may offer perspectives beyond the conceptual limits of modern Jewish and Arab historiography, cultural and political imagination, and the binary logic of “Jews” and “Arabs”.

During the Berlin workshop we discusses 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.

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

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