Kosher and Halal – Animal Slaughter in Judaism and Islam

Perspectives on Religious Food Regulations – Dialogical Lecture Series (video recording available, in German)

Event graphic: Red and blue collage showing photo cutouts of food and silverware. Inscription in white: Kosher to go

Judaism and Islam do not allow animals to be stunned before slaughter. Jews and Muslims are also not allowed to ingest blood with their food. What other rules must be observed so that meat is suitable for consumption? Can kosher butchering and animal welfare be reconciled? How do Judaism and Islam position themselves in relation to dietary trends that advocate consistent avoidance of meat consumption or animal products?

recording available



Video recording of the live stream, 19 May 2021, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin

Aaron S. Gross

Aaron S. Gross is a professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego and the author of The Question of the Animal and Religion: Theoretical Stakes, Practical Implications (New York, 2014). He is the founder of Farm Forward, a nonprofit organization whose aim is to increase awareness of the ethical aspects of food, reduce the suffering of livestock, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Serdar Kurnaz

Serdar Kurnaz is a professor of Islamic law in the past and present at the Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology at Humboldt University of Berlin. From 2016 to 2019 he was a junior professor of Islamic theology at the Academy of World Religions at the University of Hamburg. His interests include Islamic legal methodology and Islamic ethics.

The dialogical lecture will be chaired by Shlomit Tripp.

Portraits of the speakers

Prof. Aaron S. Gross (left) and Prof. Serdar Kurnaz (right); Jewish Museum Berlin

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