Apr. 27, “Muslim Mystics and Contemporary Antisemitism – Reconsidering Sufi Heritage”
Professor Giuseppe Cecere, Associate Professor, Department of History and Cultures, L-OR/12 Arabic Language and Literature, Director of First Cycle Degree of Anthropology, Religions, Oriental Civilizations, University of Bologna
Dr. Charles Asher Small, Executive Director, ISGAP; Research Scholar, St. Antony’s College, Oxford
Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM Los Angeles Time, 11:00 AM New York Time, 4:00 PM London Time, 6:00 PM Israel Time
The presentation will focus on “deconstructing” stereotypes on Sufism (Muslim Mystics) an always peaceful and tolerant spiritual tradition, by analyzing a wide array of Sufi attitudes towards Jews and Judaism both in Medieval and Contemporary contexts. With this mind, the presentation will outline the main historical developments in Sufi attitudes towards non-Muslims (mainly Jews) in the Middle East, and will provide an analysis of different trends on the subject in different Sufi groups in contemporary Egypt nowadays.