First, Saudi scholar publishes article in Israeli academic journal

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A professor of Hebrew studies from Saudi Arabia published an article in an Israeli academic publication, the first such event in history.

Professor Mohammad Ibrahim Alghbban published an article in the academic journal “Kesher” published by the Shalom Rosenfeld Institute for Jewish Media Research and Communication at Tel Aviv University (TAU).

The article is titled “A Contribution to Improving the Image of the Prophet Muhammad in the Eyes of the Israeli Public: Muhammad’s Alliances and Mail Exchanges with Jews in the Arabian Peninsula,” according to the press release from the Arabian Peninsula. TAU.

Alghbban, director of the Hebrew studies program in the modern languages ​​department at King Saud University in Riyadh, said Muhammad’s disagreements with Jews centered on politics, not religion.

“Incorrect concepts on the history of Islam proposed by oriental studies in the last century – some of which were written in Hebrew – have led to misunderstanding of the manuscripts, inaccurate methodology and negative influences on scholars of today’s Hebrew-speaking Middle Eastern studies, ”Alghbban wrote in the article’s introduction.

“To accuse Islam and the Prophet Muhammad of hate speech and racism against the Jewish tribes of the Hejaz is wrong. Muhammad treated all social groups in Madinah and other places under his control equally, without distinction as to whether race and religion. False claims in research are due to the fact that his letters were never translated into Hebrew. “

The director of the Shalom Rosenfeld Institute, Prof. Raanan Rein, said the article is “important” to bring the two nations closer and added: “I hope that this university cooperation is another step towards economic cooperation and Politics”.


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