Thursday, February 10, 2011

William Brinner, scholar of Near Eastern studies, dies at 86

William “Ze’ev” Brinner, a professor emeritus of Near Eastern studies at the University of California, Berkeley, who was known for his commitment to fostering understanding between Muslims and Jews, died at his Berkeley home on Feb. 3 after a lengthy illness. He was 86.

Brinner, who taught Arabic and Islamic studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies from 1956 until retiring in 1991, published extensively on subjects ranging from modern Arabic literature and medieval Islamic history and religion to medieval Jewish-Muslim cultural interaction.

Click here to read this article from the University of California Berkeley