Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, is writing a study of Jewish scholars of Islam who flourished from the 1830s through the 1930s, and their impact at the time on the relationship between the two religions.
Heschel spoke from Berlin, Germany, with Public Radio International (PRI) hosts Travis Smiley and Cornel West, where she is conducting research at the Institute of Advanced Studies. The conversation also touches on her father Abraham Joshua Heschel, a friend and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr.
Listen to the interview, originally broadcast 1/20/12 on PRI’s Smiley and West. A transcript is also available; Heschel’s interview begins halfway through.