Thursday, April 07, 2011

Free Book reading at the JCC of Greater Washington D.C., April 7, 2011

Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity
by Thomas Block
Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m., Free Admission

Author Events @
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

This fascinating new book introduces the virtually unknown story of Sufi (Islamic mystical) influence on the development of Jewish mysticism.  From the inception of Islam (c. 630) to the Golden Age (8th-12th centuries) Jewish-Sufis of Arabia, North Africa and Spain, through the Kabbalists in Spain and the Holy Land, and then into 18th-century European Hasidism, Sufi ideas were at first knowingly and later unwittingly woven into the Jewish mystical quilt. 

More than just a historical work, this book provides a fresh perspective on the social, religious and political issues that have complicated Jewish-Muslim relations since the founding of Israel. 

There will be a book sale and signing following the event. Cash and checks only.

For more information, contact Lynn Gittleson at 301-348-3840 or lgittleson[at]

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