The Legend of Khaybar, A Jewish “Kingdom” in the Arabian Desert

The Legend of Khaybar, A Jewish “Kingdom” in the Arabian Desert

A lecture by Liran Yadgar (UCLA/Yale)

Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:00 PM
314 Royce Hall

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Viterbi Lecture in Mediterranean Jewish Studies

In the year 628 C.E., a few years after the Prophet Muhammad's migration from Mecca to Medina and the founding, in Medina, of the early Muslim State, the Jewish stronghold of Khaybar in the Arabian Desert fell into the Prophet's hands. This marked the end of the Khaybari settlement that also served as a refuge to Medinan Jews as a result of their previous battles against the Prophet. The Khaybari Jews, however, did not disappear from history. According to Jewish legend, the Jews of Khaybar remained in their territory and lived there as a nation of mighty warriors free from Muslim rule. Their fantastic survival in the desert attracted the attention of adventurers and travelers to the Orient from the twelfth century to modern times. Even twentieth century Zionist pioneers in Palestine were fascinated with the Khaybari legend as they were looking for ancient Jewish roots in their old-new homeland. This lecture will follow the legend of Khaybar from the early Islamic period to the twentieth century.

Dr. Liran Yadgar, the UCLA Viterbi Visiting Professor in Mediterranean Jewish Studies/Postdoctoral Scholar.



Pre-registration is required. E-mail or call (310) 267-5327 to register.

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies