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Sunday, November 21 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Arab, the Jew and the Construction of Modernity

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What is it to be a "modern" person? European Jews constructed Jewish modernity with a critical eye toward Christianity and an identification of Judaism with Islam. Arabs looked at modernity with a similarly critical eye toward Christian Europe. The Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) and the Nahda (Arab Renaissance) developed during the same era and with many similar intellectual and political concerns. This session will explore both movements together in order to better understand the emergence of the modernity and the nature of modern subjectivity.

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Tarek el-Ariss

Tarek El-Ariss is the James Wright Professor at Dartmouth College and Guggenheim Fellow 2021-22. He is the author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political (Fordham, 2013) and Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age (Princeton, 2019... Read More →
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Susannah Heschel

Susannah Heschel is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College (USA). Her scholarship focuses on German Jewish intellectual history, with a particular focus on Jewish historiography, debates between Jews and Protestants over biblical scholarship... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST