Mehnaz Afridi will be speaking to Dr. Megan Hollander’s class, The Holocaust: Historical and Religious Dimensions
She will be addressing specifically the nuances and complexities of the relationship between the Holocaust and the experiences of Jews and Muslims in those parts of the world. She will also address actual responses and experiences in the Muslim and Arab worlds, such as collaboration, persecution (of Muslims and Arabs), and reducing Jews in those parts of the world.
Dr. Afridi is 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, comparative religion, and Feminism. 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. She is currently working on a book, The Wounded Muslim, (Lexington Books, forthcoming), and a co-edited book on “International Approaches to the Holocaust”, (Nebraska University Press, forthcoming). In 2019 she was awarded the Costello Award for teaching excellence in the School of Liberal Arts at Manhattan College. In 2022, she was awarded the Lasallian Educator Award for the whole College.
Dr. Afridi obtained her Ph.D. from the University of South Africa, and her M.A. and B.A. from Syracuse University.
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