Judaism and Islam in the Diaspora
Dialogical lecture series as part of the Jewish-Islamic Forum of the Academy programs
"Judaism and Islam in the Diaspora" – Dialogue-based lecture series
The notion of diaspora is a defining one for Judaism, but since postcolonial migration to Western Europe and other Western states, Muslims too have increasingly been confronted with issues around everyday religious practice in a minority situation. This lecture series illuminates the resulting theological debates, which sound out the tensions between autonomy and adaptation.
At the core of the processes of negotiation between tradition and modernity are questions concerning the interpretation of religious law and religious practices. That includes family law, dietary rules, the demarcation or crossing of religious identities, and reinterpretations of gender issues. Each event in the series invites two scholars to present these themes, from a Jewish and Islamic viewpoint respectively, and to enter into dialogue with each other.