Equal before God and Humans?

Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Religions often face the accusation that their patriarchal structures and traditions leave no space for emancipation.

3 May, 7 pm
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Hall

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

How do religious Jewish and Muslim women respond to rules that bar them from holding a religious office, discount the value of their testimony in court, and deny them the right to divorce? Do their religious traditions allow for a more emancipatory vision of religious life?

Text Jüdische und islamische Perspektiven auf Menschenrechte (Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights)

A discussion with Susannah Heschel and Katajun Amirpur. The event is moderated by Hafssa El-Bouhamouchi of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Susannah Heschel

Susannah Heschel is a professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her research includes Jewish scholarship on Islam. Her book On Being a Jewish Feminist was one of the very first volumes about Jewish feminist perspectives.

Katajun Amirpur

Katajun Amirpur is a professor of Islamic Studies and deputy director of the Academy of World Religions at the University of Hamburg. Her publications lend new insight to the debates about the role of Islam in Germany.

Portrait photos Susannah Heschel and Katajun Amirpur

Susannah Heschel and Katajun Amirpur; photos: Dartmouth College/private

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Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Hall

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

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Lecture Series (6) Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights Show all

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.

Equal before God and Humanity?

3 May 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) and Katajun Amirpur (University of Hamburg) discuss questions of gender justice in Judaism and Islam.

My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Anver Emon (University of Toronto) discuss questions in the dynamic space between individual freedom of belief and specific religions’ absolute claim on the truth.

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives towards the contemporary discourse on human rights? Suzanne Last Stone (Yeshiva University) and Anshuman Mondal (University of East Anglia) discuss the culture of debate, freedom of opinion, and the openness to outside criticism in Judaism and Islam.

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

25 January 2018
Michael Galchinsky and Mashood Baderin debate, among other questions, what religious and ethical norms underlie human rights agreements and what are the primary features of the current Jewish and Muslim discourse over the adaptation and practical enforcement of human rights outside of Europe and North America.

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

23 November 2017
Human rights are regarded as a secular value system. 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 entered into a discussion.

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Upcoming Events

Here you can find the current events program of the Jewish-Islamic Forum and the Academy Program on Migration and Diversity.

Equal before God and Humanity?

3 May 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

At Titi’s Balcony

9 May 2018
Film screening and discussion with Albert Arié, a member of the Jewish minority in Cairo

Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Efforts in the Age of the Right Turn

7 June 2018
Academic conference (with interpretation Englisch/German)

My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
Part of our lecture Series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights