HUC-JIR, Los AngelesReuven Firestone

Rabbi Dr. Reuven Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, and founder of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement in Los Angeles. Author of seven books and over ninety scholarly articles on Judaism, Islam, their relationship with one another and with Christianity, and phenomenology of religion, Rabbi Firestone has lived in Israel, Germany and Egypt and lectured at universities in Europe, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East as well as throughout North America. He is a regular speaker in synagogues, mosques and churches throughout the country. His books include Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims; An Introduction to Islam for Jews; Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam; and Who are the Real Chosen People: The Meaning of “Chosenness” in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and Holy War in Judaism: the Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea.

Educated at Antioch College, Hebrew University and Hebrew Union College, he received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from New York University. Past Vice-President for Program at the Association for Jewish Studies, Firestone is incoming president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association. His books and articles have been translated into Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, French, Serbian, Czech, Romanian, Albanian, Macedonian, German and Indonesian.

Lectures:

  • Abraham: The First Jew, Christian or Muslim? A Comparative Study of the Patriarch from the Perspectives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • How Do Jews and Muslims See Each Other? Classic and Contemporary Views of Jews and Muslims Toward the Other
  • Who Are the (Real) Chosen People?: The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • The Once and Future Caliphate: ISIS and the Future of Islam and the West
  • The Five Pillars of Islam…and Judaism: An Introduction to Islam and its Relationship with Judaism
  • Whose Jerusalem: The Holy City in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Divine Authority and Mass Violence: Holy War in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Comparative Text Study in Bible and Qur’an
  • Adam and Eve in the Garden
  • Cain and Abel
  • Noah and the Flood
  • A Family Feud: Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael
  • The Story of Joseph
  • Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
  • Moses and the Burning Bush
  • The Exodus from Egypt
  • Kosher/Halal Food Laws