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Book Club – In Ishmael’s House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands

7 October, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Free – £5.00

Make yourself a cup of tea, grab your well-thumbed copy and join Professor Shirli Gilbert for a discussion of In Ishmael’s House: A History of Jews in Arab Lands (2010).

The book is available online, both new and second-hand. Please make sure you have read the book before the session, as we would love to hear your thoughts!

About the book:

The relationship between Jews and Muslims has been a flashpoint that affects stability in the Middle East and has consequences around the globe. Starting before the advent of Islam, this book shows how the Jews and Muslims interacted in all the lands – from Afghanistan to Morocco – that came under Muslim rule throughout the 1,400 years of Jewish life in Muslim lands.



The Book Club is intended as a participatory event, meaning that everyone should have their screen on and should be willing to share their thoughts on the book. Places are limited and we will operate a waiting list; please let us know in advance if you can’t come so we can give place to someone on waiting list. We ask for modest donation of £5 per session to cover our overheads; please select the appropriate ticket option if you are able to support our work. If you are based outside the UK and would like to know what time the event takes place in your local time, please contact bethany@sirmartingilbertlearningcentre.org.

Professor Shirli Gilbert

Professor Shirli Gilbert

Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London. She has previously held positions at the University of Southampton, the University of Michigan, and the University of Cape Town. Her publications include Music in the Holocaust (2005), From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2017), and, with Avril Alba, Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World (2019).


7 October, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – £5.00
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