Announcement of a new e-learning course, Bridging the Great Divide: The Jewish-Muslim Encounter

The Woolf Institute (Cambridge), in partnership with the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, proudly presents this new 15-week e-learning course, Bridging the Great Divide: The Jewish-Muslim Encounter.

No two religions are closer together than Judaism and Islam, yet today, ironically, no two religions are further apart. This course will explore the history, culture and theology of Muslims and Jews, reflecting both on similarities and differences as well as the major challenges. Assisted by leading scholars in the US and Europe with a wealth of experience in this field, the course will also offer strategies for building bridges between the communities.

While there has been notable interfaith activity, the Jewish-Muslim dialogue and understanding are far from satisfactorily developed. Too often, there is neither space, nor indeed the necessary trust, which are prerequisites to the proper understanding of the two faiths. Experience has shown that when subjects like the Israeli-Palestinian relationship or antisemitism and Islamophobia are discussed, the dialogue too often becomes embittered or even breaks down.

Because this course is committed to the highest levels of scholarly integrity, it will provide a space for the discussion of the entire range, in the broadest sense, of the Jewish-Muslim encounter which does not preclude the more controversial issues between them.

Applications are now being accepted for the course starting week commencing 29 August 2011.

The normal course fee for the American University award is £2,500 but 10 bursaries will be available to Woolf Institute students who will pay only £325 each.

For further details, contact Emma Harris at or visit our website:



Published on: 
21 Jul 2011