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Precarious Companionship: Discourses of Adversity and Commonality in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Initiatives in Germany

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Muslims and Jews are an integral part of interreligious activism in Germany. They share a stricter notion of monotheism as compared to Christians. Local Jewish-Muslim dialogue takes place in the shadow of the Middle East conflict as well as radical Islamic terror attacks, and both pursue similar interests, i.e. regarding circumcision and halal or kosher butchering. We explore how the multi-layered setting shapes Jewish-Muslim encounters within interreligious initiatives in Germany. We analyse discourses in two spheres of interreligious dialogue. The first is local in-person dialogue initiatives that took place in the years 2011/12 during the circumcision debate. The second is translocal dialogue activities presented in social media that took place in 2020 when dialogue had moved to digital frameworks and social media due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The focal point of our comparative analysis is the discourses of adversity and commonality shaping these conversations and the narratives of difference and unity they produce.

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13

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99-120

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978-90-04-51432-4

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Link to article (paywalled), Precarious Companionship: Discourses of Adversity and Commonality in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Initiatives in Germany

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Nagel, Alexander-Kenneth, Peretz, Dekel Precarious Companionship: Discourses of Adversity and Commonality in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Initiatives in Germany. Jews and Muslims in Europe: Between Discourse and Experience. Brill. 2022: 99-120.  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/10.1163/9789004514331_006