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.
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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.
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Conferences, lectures, readings, and panel discussions of our Academy Programs
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Jews Along the Silk Road
International conference on migration routes, entangled spaces and in-between positions
10 to 12 Oct 2021
Lecture Series 2019/20: The Others’ Faith (6)
The Others’ Faith
This lecture series explores the complex relationship of Judaism and Islam to the other religions. Two researchers are invited to each event who present the topic from Jewish and Islamic perspectives and enter into dialog with each other.
On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism
With Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University)
24 Sep 2020 (with video recording)
Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages
With Madeleine Dreyfus (psychoanalyst with a doctorate in cultural anthropology) und Imen Gallala-Arndt (lawyer and a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 (with video recording)
Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism
With Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University), in German and English
20 Apr 2020 (with video recording)
What Do You Think about Jesus? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity
With Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), in German and English
18 Feb 2020 (with video recording)
Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism
With Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Reza Shah-Kazemi (Institute of Ismaili Studies in London)
4 Feb 2020 (with video recording)
Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations
With Lukas Mühlethaler (Free University Berlin) and Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, USA), in German and English
21 Nov 2019
Lecture Series 2018-19: Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam (6)
Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam
Scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology over the past centuries have called into question the centrality of humans as the “crown of creation.”
Today, religious and scientific positions are often seen as irreconcilable. This lecture series sets out to explore the tensions and affinities between Judaism, Islam, and the sciences.
Creation and Evolution in Schools
With Rachel S. A. Pear (Center for Jewish Education in the University of Haifa) and Anila Asghar (Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Canada)
4 Jul 2019
Do You Believe in Miracles?
With James A. Diamond (Professor in Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada) and Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu (Professor in Religious Studies at St. Joseph’s University in Philidelphia, United States)
13 Jun 2019 (with video recording)
Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will
With Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück)
30 Apr 2019 (with video recording)
How Much God Is in the Holy Scriptures?
With Benjamin Sommer (expert in modern Jewish theology) and Ghassan el Masri (researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time), in German and English
5 Mar 2019 (with video recording)
God, Darwin, and Evolution
With Natan Slifkin (Biblical Museum of Natural History, Beit Shemesh, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA)
31 Jan 2019 (with video recording)
Science in the Light of Faith
With Geoffrey A. Mitelman (Sinai and Synapses) and Ahmad S. Dallal (Georgetown University, Qatar)
20 Nov 2018 (with video recording)
Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (6)
Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Our lecture series addresses controversial human rights topics arising in various walks of life and examines them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. For every lecture, we invite two scholars who present their own positions and then engage in a dialogue.
My God, Your God, No God
With Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Anver Emon (University of Toronto)
14 Jun 2018 (with video recording)
Equal before God and Humans?
With Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) and Katajun Amirpur (University of Hamburg)
3 May 2018 (with video recording)
How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?
With Suzanne Last Stone (Yeshiva University) and Anshuman Mondal (University of East Anglia), in English and German
12 Apr 2018 (with video recording)
The Right to Life
With David Novak (University of Toronto) and Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
8 Mar 2018 (with video recording)
Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received
With Michael Galchinsky (Georgia State University) and Mashood Baderin (University of London)
25 Jan 2018 (with video recording)
Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?
With Shaheen Sardar Ali (University of Warwick) and Jill Jacobs (Rabbi and the Managing Director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights)
23 Nov 2017 (with video recording)
Film and Reading Series: Between Marrakesh and Mashhad: Jews in Islamic Countries (9)
Between Marrakesh and Mashhad: Jews in Islamic Countries
This film and reading series, hosted by the Academy program’s Jewish-Islamic Forum from July 2016 to September 2017, explored the past and present of Jewish lives in different countries of North Africa and the Middle East.
Las ultimas palavras
14 September 2017
Documentary, Turkish/Ladino with English subtitles
Video art by the Israeli-Iranian artist Elham Rokni; Persian/Hebrew with English and Hebrew subtitles (audio recording of the talk available)
6 Jul 2017
My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
11 May 2017
Reading and discussion in English with the author Ariel Sabar
11 May 2017
Iraq N’ Roll
27 April 2017
Documentary, Israel 2011, 54 min,
Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Damascus With Love
9 March 2017
Feature film, Syria 2010, 91 min, original Arabic version with English subtitles
The Jews and the Longest Kiss in History
14 December 2016
Documentary, Great Britain 2011, 60 min, English original version
Salata baladi – An Egyptian Salad
3 November 2016
Documentary, Egypt 2008, 105 min, Arabic with English subtitles
28 September 2016
France 2008, 87 min, French/Arabic original soundtrack with English subtitles
14 July 2016
Documentary, Algeria, France, Ireland, 2012, 88 min, French/Arabic original soundtrack with English subtitles
Lecture Series: Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings) (6)
Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings)
The lecture series explored contentious ethical issues from diverse aspects of life and shed light on them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. Two guest scholars gave each lecture, presented their tradition’s position, and engaged in a mutual dialogue.
Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?
With Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Arizona State University in Tempe) and Nawal Ammar (Rowan University in New Jersey), in German and English
13 Jul 2017
Sexual Ethics: Sexuality, Lust, Eroticism, and God
With David Biale (Eros and the Jews) and Kecia Ali (Sexual Ethics and Islam), in German and English
16 May 2017 (with video recording)
Military Ethics: The (Religious) Laws Silent Beneath the Weapons?
With Michael Broyde (Emory University) and Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), in German and English
6 Apr 2017 (with video recording)
The Boundaries of Life - Bioethical Challenges
With Laurie Zoloth (Weinberg College, Northwestern University) and İlhan İlkılıç (University of Istanbul), in German and English
23 Feb 2017 (with video recording)
Business Ethics – Is Capitalism Kosher/Halal?
With Nathan Lee Kaplan (author) and Idris Nassery (University of Paderborn), in German
8 Dec 2016 (with video recording)
Social Ethics – On Fair Social Order
With Ingrid Mattson (Western University, Canada) and Micha Brumlik (Berlin-Brandenburg Center of Jewish Studies), in German and English
26 Oct 2016 (with video recording)
Jewish-Moroccan Film Week: My Heart in the Maghreb (5)
My Heart in the Maghreb
In May 2016, the film week My Heart in the Maghreb presented a variety of perspectives on Moroccan Judaism, with feature and documentary films from France, Canada, Israel, and especially from Morocco itself. Most of the films made their German debut in the festival.
Opening of the Jewish-Moroccan Film Week
8 May 2016
Introductory Talk by Daniel J. Schroeter and Concert by Neta Elkayam Howa Jani
White Walls & Come Mother
9 May 2016
Two movies: White Walls (Director: Meital Abekassis) and Come Mother (Director: Sami Shalom Chetrit)
Goodbye Mothers, Moroccan Jews. Destinies Undone & Where are you going, Moshe?
10 May 2016
Three movies: Goodbye Mothers (Director: Mohamed Ismaïl), Moroccan Jews. Destinies Undone (Director: Younes Laghrari) & Where are you going, Moshe? (Director: Hassan Benjelloun)
Aïda & The Midnight Orchestra
11 May 2016
Two movies: Aïda (Director: Driss Mrini) und The Midnight Orchestra (Director: Jérôme Cohen Olivar)
Oulad Moumen & They were Promised the Sea
12 May 2016
Two movies and Closing Panel
Lecture Series: Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage) (5)
Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage)
The series of panel discussions explored topical questions that Jews and Muslims in the diaspora confront in their everyday religious practice. Each event featured two academics presenting the Jewish and Islamic perspectives.
What Does Diaspora Mean for Jews and Muslims?
With Michael L. Satlow (Brown University, Providence) and Sarah Albrecht (Free University Berlin), in German and English
29 Oct 2015 (with video recording)
Religious Law and Secular State
With Ronen Reichman (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg) and Mathias Rohe (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg), in German
9 Dec 2015 (with video recording)
Becoming a Jew, Becoming a Muslim
With Tobias Jona Simon (Rabbi of the Association of Jewish Communities in Lower Saxony) and Esra Özyürek (London School of Economics), in German and English
18 Feb 2016 (with video recording)
Feminist Approaches to Judaism and Islam
With Judith Plaskow (religious scholar and author) and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, researcher on Islamic law and gender, in English
14 Apr 2016 (with video recording)
Organic Meets Kosher and Halal
With Shai Lavi (Tel Aviv University) and Sarra Tlili (University of Florida), in English
1 Jun 2016 (with video recording)