The Vatican and Islam: Has Dhimmitude Prevailed?

Professor Sergio Itzhak Minerbi was a senior lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University and Professor in the Department of Political Science at Haifa University.  His scholarly research has focused upon the relations between the Catholic Church and the Jews.  He also served as an Israeli diplomat within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assuming many ambassadorial positions.  Professor Minerbi is the author of numerous books, including The Vatican and Zionism (1990) and, most recently, The Eichmann Trial Diary: A Chronicle of the Holocaust (2011). Minerbi has just contributed a very thoughtful, if depressing essay to the latest issue (not yet online) of The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs (Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 63-73), entitled "Benedict XVI and Islam." Minerbi's essay opens by recounting the inchoate efforts of Benedict XVI to engage Islam unapologetically, during 2005 and 2006 (see my own discussions, here and here), influenced by Samir Khalil...(Read Full Post)