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Pepperdine Hosts "Jewish Perspectives on Globalization"

Reuven Firestone, professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College and founder and codirector of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, will present his talk Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. at PLC 125, Malibu. 

Historically, Jews have been involved in a kind of pre-modern globalization as they developed trading networks from Ireland to China in the early medieval period. They have also been accused of globalized plotting to take over and destroy the world in bogus forgeries such as the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Yet despite the fact that Judaism is, like Christianity and Islam, a universal "global religion" that promotes worship of a universal God, it has never been a religion of empire such as Christianity and Islam. What are some Jewish views of globalization? How does Judaism relate to transnational global economies, and how has globalization affected Jews and Judaism? These are some of the issues to be considered in this presentation.

Firestone has published numerous books, most recently Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea.

For more information, please contact Drew Billings.

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