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Meet the Author
Reuven Firestone, PhD, is professor of medieval Jewish and Islamic studies at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion. He is author of Introduction to Islam for Jews and Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims, among other books. He is a frequentý speaker on the topics of early Islam and its relationship to Judaism and Christianity, scriptural interpretation of the Bible and Qur'an, and the phenomenon of holy war in the Abrahamic religions.