Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations

Prelude to the New Lecture Series “The Others’ Faith” (video recording available, in German and English)

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.

This event is the prelude to the new lecture series Others’ Faith. To begin with, Judaism and Islam consider each other – two scholars discuss how they see each other from different perspectives.

recording available

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


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Lukas Mühlethaler and Imam Abdullah Antepli discuss how Judaism and Islam see each other, 21 November 2019, in English and German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2019

Judaism is generally regarded as the first monotheistic religion. The advent of Islam, however, brought a strictly monotheistic “competitor” to Judaism. How did Jewish scholars view this new religion? Both the Koran and early Islamic writings testify to numerous encounters between the Prophet Mohammed and Jews. What does the Muslim Holy Scripture and early Muslim tradition reveal about how they perceived Jews and their religious ideas and practices?

Lukas Mühlethaler

Lukas Mühlethaler is a professor in Jewish Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Institute for Jewish Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses include Medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy. He was the editor of the volume “Höre die Wahrheit, wer sie auch spricht”: Stationen des Werks von Moses Maimonides vom islamischen Spanien bis ins moderne Berlin (Hear the Truth Whoever Speaks It: The Work of Moses Maimonides from Islamic Spain to Modern Berlin).

Abdullah Antepli

Imam Abdullah Antepli is Professor of Religion and Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He is Senior Fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a Jewish research and education institute, and Co-Director of its Muslim Leadership Initiative.

Portraits of Lukas Mühlethaler and Imam Abdullah Antepli

Lukas Mühlethaler (left); photo: private, and Imam Abdullah Antepli; Duke Photography

Where, when, what?

  • When21 Nov 2019
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
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Lecture Series 2019/20: The Others’ Faith (6)

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