Commonwealth National Podcast

It's Complicated: Muslims and Jews in America (6/1/11)

Duration: 
1:06:05

It's Complicated: Muslims and Jews in America


Reza Aslan, Co-author, Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities; Contributing Editor, The Daily Beast
Aaron Hahn Tapper, Co-author, Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities; Swig Chair of Judaic Studies, USF
Aysha Hidayatullah, Assistant Professor of Islamic studies, USF
Sydney Mintz, Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El


A distinguished panel takes a new look at the innovative ways in which Judaism and Islam have absorbed, and been profoundly altered by, the so-called “American experience.” American Jews and American Muslims have consistently engaged each other in conversation – whether directly or indirectly, constructively or not – in ways that have usually eluded their co-religionists throughout the rest of the world. The members of these two groups often find themselves the focus of a disproportionate amount of media attention, particularly when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. American Jews and American Muslims struggle with similar inter-communal concerns when it comes to education, politics or even pop culture. Join in a fascinating discussion.


This program was recorded in front of a live audience at a The Commonwealth Club event in Lafayette Ca on June 1, 2011