22 October 2020: Chhange will be operating virtually until further notice. Our offices and exhibits are closed.

Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Challenges and Bridges

Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 11:30 am
Zoom Discussion

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Chhange's October Virtual Lunch & Learn, Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Challenges and Bridges, will be led by Dr. Mehnaz Afridi of Manhattan College.

Dr. Afridi will discuss historical, political, and religious dimensions of antisemitism and Islamophobia. She will share her work on both and display the ways in which this racism has resurfaced in the United States and Europe. In Shoah through Muslim Eyes, her last book, she discusses her journey with Judaism as a Muslim. Her work is based on the struggle of antisemitism within Muslim communities and her interviews with survivors. She hopes to create bridges between Jews and Muslims by showing the similarities and challenges.

Dr. Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She teaches courses on Islam, the Holocaust, Genocide, and issues of gender within Islam. Her articles have appeared in books such as: Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an as Literature and Culture (Brill, 2006) and Not Your Father’s Anti-Semitism: Hatred of the Jews in the 21st Century (Paragon House, 2008). She is also author of “A Muslim’s Response to Frank H. Littel” in Legacy of an Impassioned Plea Franklin H. Littel’s Crucifixion of the Jews, Ed. David Patterson, (Paragon Press, 2018); “Muslim Memory and Righting Relations with the Other” in Righting Relations After the Holocaust, ed. Elena G. Procario-Foley and Robert A. Cathey (Paulist Press, 2018); and “The Role of Muslims and the Holocaust” in Oxford Handbooks Online, (Oxford, 2015). She is the co-editor of a book entitled: Orhan Pamuk and Global Literature: Existentialism and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her recent book Shoah through Muslim Eyes (Academic Studies Press, 2017) was nominated for the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research and the Jacob Schnitzer Book Award. She is currently working on a book, The Wounded Muslim, (Lexington Books, 2023). In 2019 she was awarded the Costello Award for teaching excellence in the School of Liberal Arts at Manhattan College.

Dr. Afridi obtained her Ph.D. from University of South Africa, her M.A. and B.A. from Syracuse University.

1 hour of Professional Development Provided.

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Admission is FREE for Chhange Members & Brookdale CC Students and Staff

Suggested donation of $10 for Non-Members Your donation supports our continued efforts to connect our communities with experts and activists in the fields of Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Studies.

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