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The Berlin-Hanover Connection
Professor Susannah Heschel achieves prominence wherever she goes. We met up with her in Berlin this week, where she is spending a year as a Fellow at the élite Wissenschaftskolleg, also known as the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin. Her research topic is interesting:
I’m writing on the history of Jewish scholarship on Islam: Starting in the 1830s, European Jewish scholars flocked to the study of Islam. By the 1920s and 30s, they dominated the field at German universities. They established the field, demonstrating parallels between teachings of the Qur’an and rabbinic texts, and praising Islam for preserving Judaism’s strict monotheism, rejection of anthropomorphism, and adherence to an ethical religious law. They argued that Islam was a tolerant religion under whose auspices Jews flourished intellectually and culturally (“Golden Age of Muslim Spain”), and began to build synagogues in Moorish architecture. After Hitler came to power in 1933, some of these scholars went to Palestine, others to the United States, where they created new institutions of Islamic scholarship.
We’ve posted about Susannah before. Like Dartmouth’s best professors, she produces fine scholarship, works closely with students, and plays an important public role. But more importantly, especially since the retirement of cape-sporting English Professor Peter Saccio, nobody on the faculty cuts as dramatic a figure.
Addendum: A loyal reader writes in with a comment and some commentary:
Loved the Heschel piece… I think it is FINE to praise the style of a Prof. At Charles Stinson’s memorial yesterday (where the still dashing Peter Saccio sat in attendance) Prof Stinson was praised by many, including past students, for his warmth, honesty and consistent personal STYLE.
Funny how often a sense of style is interwoven with a sense of justice and fairness.
Also, interesting to hear former Phi Tau members praise him for being there with them to fight when they were down (first consistently CoEd frat and openly accepting of Gay students) AND, more interestingly, to take a stand FOR the Greek system, in general, and against the trends of a current administration on the grounds of justice and fairness.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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