Join us for the annual Hornstein Lecture to hear Dr. Mehnaz Afridi discuss her journey as a Muslim studying the Holocaust, her experiences interviewing survivors and how this work is important in bridging Jewish-Muslim relations.
Dr. Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. She teaches courses on Islam, the Holocaust, Genocide, and issues of gender within Islam. Her articles have appeared in books such as: Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture (Brill, 2006) and Not Your Father’s Anti-Semitism: Hatred of the Jews in the 21st Century (Paragon House, 2008). She is also author of “A Muslim’s Response to Frank H. Littel” in Legacy of an Impassioned Plea Franklin H. Littel’s Crucifixion of the Jews, Ed. David Patterson, (Paragon Press, 2018); “Muslim Memory and Righting Relations with the Other” in Righting Relations After the Holocaust, ed. Elena G. Procario-Foley and Robert A. Cathey (Paulist Press, 2018); and “The Role of Muslims and the Holocaust” in Oxford Handbooks Online, (Oxford, 2015). She is the co-editor of a book entitled: Orhan Pamuk and Global Literature: Existentialism and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her recent book Shoah through Muslim Eyes (Academic Studies Press, 2017) was nominated for the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research and the Jacob Schnitzer Book Award. In 2019 she was awarded the Costello Award for teaching excellence in the School of Liberal Arts at Manhattan College.
Dr. Afridi obtained her Ph.D. from University of South Africa, her M.A. and B.A. from Syracuse University.
The annual Hornstein Lecture is cosponsored by the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and Wise Temple’s Hornstein Lecture Fund. This year's lecture is presented in partnership with the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.