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Video “Islamic Judaism?” by John Tolan

Video published on 02/04/2021 by the Emir Stein Center

In the 19th century, some Jewish scholars in Central Europe looked to early Islam and in particular to the Prophet Muhammad for inspiration and consolation. For these scholars, the Muslim prophet could serve as a heuristic model for reforming Judaism. John Tolan, Professor of History at the University of Nantes, France, explores this interesting topic.

This video is based on a chapter of John Tolan’s recent book ‘Faces of the Prophet: A History of Western Portrayals of Muhammad.’