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Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Lecture Series 2017/18
Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Since the Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, its principles have been regarded as a universal system of values – a moral foundation for the international community as well as for individual states.
In theory, the concept of human rights guarantees all religions and worldviews an equal place. However, since it was formulated in the Christian-European context, there is also criticism of its universal claim. The lecture series therefore explores how Judaism and Islam interpret human rights within their religious traditions.
Experts from both religions address whether and how human rights such as the right to life, freedom of expression, gender equality, and religious freedom can be theologically grounded within the two religions and put into practice. Two researchers are invited to each talk to present the respective positions and to enter into a dialog.