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Antisemitism and religion | USC Holocaust Foundation

“Why the Jews? Join us as we explore this question again at the final event of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Scholar Lab on Antisemitism event series. This moderated discussion will feature Dr. Mehnaz Afridi of Manhattan College and Dr. Sara Lipton of Stonybrook University, who are members of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Scholar Lab on Antisemitism program. As part of the discussion, Dr. Afridi and Dr. Lipton will present their research projects on antisemitism in the Arab world and representations of Jews in medieval Christian sermons, respectively, focusing on the knowledge they have acquired on the causes, manifestations and consequences of anti-Semitism throughout history and in relation to religion. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jessica Marglin, associate professor of religion at USC.

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This event is the third in a three-part series of events associated with the USC Shoah Foundation’s Scholar Lab on Antisemitism.

Speaker bios

Mehnaz Afridi, PhD

Dr. Afridi is 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, comparative religion and feminism. His 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 Prize. She is currently working on a book, The Wounded Muslim, (Lexington Books, forthcoming) and a co-edited book on “International Approaches to the Holocaust,” (Nebraska University Press, forthcoming). In 2019, she received the Costello Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Liberal Arts at Manhattan College.

Dr. Afridi obtained his doctorate. from the University of South Africa, his MA and BA from Syracuse University.

Sara Lipton, Ph.D.

Dr. Lipton is a professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research focuses on religious identity and experience, Jewish-Christian relations, art and culture in the High and Late Middle Ages (11th-15th centuries). Dr. Lipton’s publications include Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography (Winner, Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, Association for Jewish Studies), Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Moralized Bible (Winner, John Nicholas Brown Prize, The Medieval Academy of America Finalist, Koret/National Foundation for Jewish Culture History Book Award), and many others. Dr. Lipton is the recipient of several awards, grants and fellowships, most recently the Medieval Academy of America Fellowship.

She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at Yale University.

Moderator Biography

Jessica Marglin, PhD

Dr. Marglin is the Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religion, Law, and History at the University of Southern California. His work focuses on the history of Jews and Jewish-Muslim relations in modern North Africa and the Mediterranean. More broadly, Professor Marglin is interested in the history of Jews in the Islamic world, Sephardic history and Mediterranean studies. Her first book project, Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco, is a study of Jews in the Moroccan legal system in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Professor Marglin’s forthcoming monograph, The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship across the Modern Mediterranean, revolves around a 19th-century trial over the estate of a wealthy Tunisian Jew, reimagining how we think about Jews, the Mediterranean, and belonging to the 19th century. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.