Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski recently presented on the differences and parallels between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism at the conference, “Abrahamic Religions: Challenges and Cooperation in the Age of Extremism,” at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.
The conference featured a two-day series of workshops with scholars from colleges and universities across the nation. The first day of workshops, in which Dobkowski participated, explored the history of encounters between Jews, Muslims and Christians, from the biblical to medieval eras to present day. Dobkowski’s lecture was titled, “Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Difference, Convergence and Ideologies of Competitive Victimhood.”
A member of the faculty since 1976, Dobkowski is an expert on genocide, terrorism and the Holocaust. He holds a doctorate in history from New York University. A prolific author, he has written “The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism,” “The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America” and “Jewish American Voluntary Organizations.” He is the co-author of “Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States & Terrorism,” “On the Edge of Scarcity” and “The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century.” He has co-written other volumes on the Holocaust and genocide.
Dobkowski participated several times in the Goldner Holocaust Symposium at Wroxton College in England, and was a fellow at the Institute for the Teaching of the Post-Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received the New York University Ferdinand Czernin Prize in History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
The conference was sponsored by the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University; Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust; and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.