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.
W. M. Blumenthal Academy
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
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.
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Lecture Series 2015/16: Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage) (5)
Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage)
The series of panel discussions explored topical questions that Jews and Muslims in the diaspora confront in their everyday religious practice. Each event featured two academics presenting the Jewish and Islamic perspectives.
What Does Diaspora Mean for Jews and Muslims?
With Michael L. Satlow (Brown University, Providence) and Sarah Albrecht (Free University Berlin), in German and English
29 Oct 2015 (with video recording)
Religious Law and Secular State
With Ronen Reichman (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg) and Mathias Rohe (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg), in German
9 Dec 2015 (with video recording)
Becoming a Jew, Becoming a Muslim
With Tobias Jona Simon (Rabbi of the Association of Jewish Communities in Lower Saxony) and Esra Özyürek (London School of Economics), in German and English
18 Feb 2016 (with video recording)
Feminist Approaches to Judaism and Islam
With Judith Plaskow (religious scholar and author) and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, researcher on Islamic law and gender, in English
14 Apr 2016 (with video recording)
Organic Meets Kosher and Halal
With Shai Lavi (Tel Aviv University) and Sarra Tlili (University of Florida), in English
1 Jun 2016 (with video recording)