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.
W. M. Blumenthal Academy
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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.
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Lecture Series 2017/18: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (6)
Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Our lecture series addresses controversial human rights topics arising in various walks of life and examines them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. For every lecture, we invite two scholars who present their own positions and then engage in a dialogue.
My God, Your God, No God
With Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Anver Emon (University of Toronto)
14 Jun 2018 (with video recording)
Equal before God and Humans?
With Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) and Katajun Amirpur (University of Hamburg)
3 May 2018 (with video recording)
How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?
With Suzanne Last Stone (Yeshiva University) and Anshuman Mondal (University of East Anglia), in English and German
12 Apr 2018 (with video recording)
The Right to Life
With David Novak (University of Toronto) and Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
8 Mar 2018 (with video recording)
Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received
With Michael Galchinsky (Georgia State University) and Mashood Baderin (University of London)
25 Jan 2018 (with video recording)
Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?
With Shaheen Sardar Ali (University of Warwick) and Jill Jacobs (Rabbi and the Managing Director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights)
23 Nov 2017 (with video recording)