Is there a ban on images in Judaism and Islam? In 2014, a symposium held at the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin tackled this question.
It investigated how people have treated images in various eras, regions, and religious traditions, how a ban on images was justified theologically, and what alternative art forms resulted from it. These questions remain just as relevant today.
In this issue of our JMB Journal, we present selected papers from this symposium.
Silvia Naef examines Islam's founding religious texts with regard to their provisions on representative images. Inka Bertz addresses the ambivalent dichotomy between a ban on images and adoration of the image, while Emile Schrijver looks closely at a special art form: micrography. Eckhard Nordhofen offers an overview of the history of monotheism in media, while Frederek Musall incorporates modern media, particularly comics and pop art, into his analysis of how Jews have interacted with images. Finally, Berlin artist Elke Steiner drew a comic strip for us.
Featuring articles by Inka Bertz, Silvia Naef, Eckhard Nordhofen, Adriana Altaras, Emile Schrijver, Elke Steiner, and Frederek Musall along with information about the exhibition Obedience: An Installation in 15 Rooms by Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway, the photograph The Elevated and Me by Ilse Bing, the Jewish Museum Berlin’s friends and supporters in Warsaw, the international conference Media and Minorities: Questions on Representation from an International Perspective, Fritz Wachsner’s bequest at the Jewish Museum Berlin, the event commemorating the Blue Note’s 75th birthday, and the SemiTones concert.
Conference Proceedings: PDF and Open Access (6)
PDF and Open Access
Select conference presentations
Media and Minorities
Questions on Representation from an International Perspective, available in hardcover & open-access editions
Contemporary Russian-Jewish Life in Germany
This volume contains interdisciplinary perspectives on a changing diaspora, concentrating on the migration of Russian-speaking Jews from the Soviet Union and post-Soviet states after 1989, in German
JMB Journal 12: Ban on Images
“Hear the Truth, Whoever Speaks It”
Conference Proceedings on Milestones in the Work of Moses Maimonides from Islamic Spain to Modern Berlin, in German
Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison
Conference documentation, downloadable PDF, in German
Antisemitism in Europe Today
This publication is devoted to manifestations of antisemitism in Europe today. It adopts a comparative perspective and includes findings from eleven European countries, downloadable PDF