Following the horrific events in the mosques of Christchurch which occurred on March 15th, the current Katz Center fellows have released the following statement of support:
As scholars of Jews in the Islamic world and related subjects, we are stricken by the attacks on the mosques in New Zealand. We protest the bigotry and hatred that fueled the terrorism. We extend sympathy to the victims, their family, friends, and community. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiʽun.
This year at the Katz Center the fellows have spoken about how little research has been conducted on modern Jewish legal sources from Islamic lands. With this in mind, I’m presenting one such source to show the promise that legal texts have for shedding light on both social and intellectual history.
This blog post is part of a series focused on the research of current fellows. In this edition, Steven Weitzman sits down with Alma Heckman to explore her research project, "Radical Roads Not Taken: Moroccan Jewish Trajectories, 1925–1975." Heckman is the Neufeld-Levin Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and assistant professor in the Department of History. She received her PhD from UCLA.
Steven P. Weitzman (SPW): Can you tell us a bit about how you came to your scholarly interests?