Jewish-Islamic Forum

Thematic Focus of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy, 2012–20

With its events, our Jewish-Islamic Forum strives to reach both a general audience and professionals in academia and government. The Forum's focal points are the circumstances of Jews and Muslims as minorities in Germany and the history of their fluctuating relationship. It pursues questions of religious practice and the philosophy of religion, such as the tension between tradition and modernity in both Judaism and Islam. Additionally, the Forum concerns itself with the impact of the conflicts in the Middle East on German society.

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

A Comparative Perspective on Judaism and Islam

In particular, the Forum aims to reveal commonalities between Judaism and Islam through a comparative perspective without neglecting the unique attributes of each. With these efforts, we hope to counteract the frequent tendency to frame them as starkly oppositional. The Jewish-Islamic Forum also hosts events that complement our museum's temporary exhibitions, building a bridge between the Academy and the Museum.

Dialogical Lecture Series: Kosher to Go – Perspectives on Religious Food Regulations (5)

Lecture Series 2019/20: The Others’ Faith (6)

Lecture Series 2018/19: Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam (5)

Lecture Series 2016/17: Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings) (6)

Audio Recordings of the Series: Between Marrakesh and Mashhad: Jews in Islamic Countries (2)

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