History of Jewish-Muslim relations


At the suggestion of many of our interlocutors in the Muslim world and in the West, we have launched an ambitious project to produce a dozen books in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and French (with English and Hebrew versions to come out later) on the common history of Jews and Muslims through the centuries past. Destined for the general public, the books will present a concise but precise history of Jewish-Muslim relations in countries such as Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Iran (and Afghanistan), Iraq, Turkey and Yemen. As the once thriving Jewish presence in many of these lands has come to an end, most people and particularly the younger generations are completely uninformed of this part of their country’s history.

A distinguished panel of historians and experts from Europe, the Arab world, Turkey and Iran under the chairmanship of Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary oversees the production of the series. The series editor is historian Michel Abitbol, pre-eminent expert on the history of the Maghreb.

Currently, the writing of the books on Algeria, Israel-Palestine, Tunisia and Morocco are completed. The edition of the whole book is scheduled in the course of the year 2015. 

The Committee:

  • President : Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary, Director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University in London
  • Series editor: Professor Michel Abitbol, expert on the history of North African Jews (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Lucette Valensi, historian, EHESS
  • Habib Kazdaghli, professor of Contemporary History, University of Tunis-Manouba
  • Tudor Parfitt, professor of Modern Jewish Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • Dariush Shayegan, Iranian philosopher and writer
  • Ilber Ortayli, historian, former President of the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul

The authors:

  • Algeria : Lucette Valensi, professor at the EHESS
  • Egypt :  Gudrun Krämer, Chair of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin
  • India-Pakistan : Yulia Egorova, Senior Lecturer at Durham University
  • Iran-Afghanistan: Houman Sarshar
  • Iraq : Orit Bashkin, professor at the University of Chicago
  • Israel-Palestine:  Amnon Cohen, professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Mohammed  Dajani  Daoudi, professor at Al-Quds University
  • Morocco :  Mohammed Kenbib, professor and research director at the Mohamed V University in Rabat
  • Spain :  Mercedes Garcia-Arenal, research director at CCHS-CSIC
  • Syria-Lebanon : Tarif al-Khalidi, professor at the American University of Beirut (tbc)
  • Tunisia : Abdelkrim Allaghi, professor at the University of Tunis
  • Turkey : Heath Lowry, professor of Ottoman and Turkish history at Princeton University
  • Yemen : Yossi Tobi, professor emeritus at the University of Haifa