Antisemitism and Islamofobia: common roots, different destinies?

Antisemitism and Islamofobia: common roots, different destinies?

The term ‘semite’ included all who spoke Semitic languages. Only later ‘Jew’ and ‘Arab’ were used as separate categories. Ella Shohat explains how this development influenced our reflection on Muslims and Jews. In an interview,  Ella Shohat reflects on Muslims and Jews in the age of the Enlightenment and colonialism, during the racial thinking of the 19th century, and today.

 

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Ella Habiba Shohat

Ella Habiba Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies at CUNY. She is also a writer, orator and activist. As an Iraqi Israeli woman living in the U.S., she often has to explain the ‘mystery’ of her identity as an Arab Jew. She writes: ‘Intellectual discourse in the West highlights a Judeo-Christian tradition, yet rarely acknowledges the Judeo-Muslim culture of the Middle East, of North Africa, or of pre-Expulsion Spain (1492) and of the European parts of the Ottoman Empire. The Jewish experience in the Muslim world has often been portrayed as an unending nightmare of oppression and humiliation.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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