Sufis and Jews: The History of Their Contacts – Lectures and Fieldtrips

May Course with Prof. Paul Fenton, Dates: (All May) 1(lecture), 8(fieldtrip), 15(fieldtrip), 22(fieldtrip), 29(lecture)

Dates: (mm/dd/yyyy)
Wednesday, 01/05/2024 | 10:00 - 11:30
Wednesday, 08/05/2024 | 09:30 - 12:30
Wednesday, 15/05/2024 | 09:30 - 12:30
Wednesday, 22/05/2024 | 09:30 - 12:30
Wednesday, 29/05/2024 | 10:00 - 11:30
In person at Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Find Jerusalem’s hidden sacred shrines shared by Jewish Qabbalists and Muslims Sufis Through lectures and fieldtrips, we will investigate the myriad similarities between Jewish and Muslim mysticism by examining interactions in their respective historical developments.

With the help of texts, we will explore Jewish influences on Sufism in its formative period in the East. Or inversely, the influence of Islamic mysticism in the writings of Jewish theologians and moralists, such as that of Bahya Ibn Paquda in 11th century Muslim Spain or in the writings of the Judaeo-Sufi movement in 13th century Egypt.

Special attention will be paid to Luryanic Qabbalah, which developed in the Holy Land in a Sufi environment. Sites to be visited include Nebi Samuel, King David’s Tomb and the Tomb of Shimon HaZaddik (tentative schedule).



NIS 560 (US$150*) per course

10% discount price for 2 series of classes, 

15% discount price for 3 series of classes or more

*dollar price dependent upon exchange rate on date of payment

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to start of course – 100% refund or 100% credit for another course.

Following one class – 90% refund or 100% credit for another course (except for fieldtrip courses where only a 75% refund will be given after one meeting).

No cancellation after 2 classes (in special cases, e.g. illness, a credit will be given for another course).


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