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Mysticism in Islam and Judaism with Dr. David Mendelsohn
Thursday, April 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 amFree
Both Judaism and Islam place an emphasis upon a sacred revealed text as a central element in the mystical experience. We have Kabbalah and Zohar and Islam has Sufism. Join us as we consider the powerful place of these mystical imaginations in each religious tradition. What are the significant historical and theological connections between the two mystical traditions? Why were they distrusted by official authorities? How is Shabtai Zvi a clue as to what mysticism is trying to achieve?
Dr. David Mendelsohn supervises the entire academic program of Kivunim. His areas of expertise include Islamic Studies, History and Culture of Arabs with Israeli Citizenship, Bedouin Law and the relationship between language and culture in Arabic and Hebrew. His current research examines the influence of Hebrew on the dialects of Arabic spoken in Israel. Mendelsohn also lectures on the history and relationships between Middle East countries and militant organizations. David holds advanced degrees in diverse fields: a Ph.D. Classics / Linguistics, an M.A. in Archaeology / Linguistics and an Honours B.A. in Classical Studies. David is the recipient of one of Canada’s highest academic honors, The Trudeau Prize, and is a world medalist in wrestling. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Ronny and 3 children.
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