‘Goitein in Perspective’ (31 March, Brandeis University)

The Tauber Institute presents: “Goitein in Perspective,” an International Symposium, March 31, 2014 – April 1, 2014 at Brandeis University in the Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303.
This symposium seeks to understand the life and work of the towering figure S.D. Goitein—scholar of Islamic Studies, Jewish Social History, the Cairo Geniza, and the medieval Mediterranean—from intellectual and biographical perspectives.

Program:
Monday, March 31, 2014
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Introductory Remarks
Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University • “Toward a Scholarly Biography of S.D. Goitein”

I. German Beginnings and the Study of Islam • Chair: Eugene Sheppard, Brandeis University
Dirk Hartwig, Freie Universität Berlin  • “Goitein’s First Love: Qur’anic Studies”
Yehoshua Frenkel, University of Haifa • “Goitein on the Life of Muhammad”
Sabine Schmidtke, Freie Universität Berlin  •” Intellectual History of the Islamicate World beyond Denominational Borders: Challenges and Perspectives for a Comprehensive Approach”

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
II:  Goitein in Palestine and Israel • Chair: ChaeRan Freeze, Brandeis University
Miriam Frenkel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem •” The Magic Carpet: Goitein’s Yemenite Mission”
Walid Saleh, University of Toronto • “Goitein on Jews and Arabs”
Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, Vanderbilt University • “Goitein as a Scholar of Jewish Studies”

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
III: Goitein within the Academic Disciplines • Chair: Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University
Marina Rustow, John Hopkins University • “Goitein as a Social Historian”
Aaron Hughes, University of Rochester • “Goitein as a Scholar of Religion”
Peter Miller, Bard Graduate Center • “Goitein as a Scholar of the Mediterranean”

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
IV:  Goitein in America • Chair: Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Jessica Goldberg, University of California, Los Angeles • “Goitein in America”
Abraham Udovitch, Princeton University • Commentator

Closing Remarks • Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

Conveners: Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University, and Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Sponsored in part by the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment. For further information, see:http://www.brandeis.edu/tauber/events/conferences.html

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