Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?
Lecture series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
The lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights picks up on controversial human rights issues from different areas of life and illuminates them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. At each lecture, two researchers are invited to present their positions and to enter into a dialog with each other.
Human rights are regarded as a secular value system, which, rooted in the Christian tradition, claims universal validity. Jewish and Islamic traditions have also developed ethical standards over the centuries that their followers consider mandatory. Do these standards present conflicting priorities? Where do Judaism and Islam provide a link to contemporary human rights discourse or are they even incompatible?
Prof. Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali and Jill Jacobs will enter into a discussion. Moderation: Dr. Nahed Samour, Lichtenberg-Kolleg – The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study.
Jill Jacobs is a Rabbi and the Managing Director of "T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights", a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people from North America, Israel and occupied Palestinian territories.
Shaheen Sardar Ali
Prof. Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. She wasa Professor at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan and served chair of the National Commission on the Status of Women of Pakistan. She published extensively on islamic law as well as women's and children's rights.