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How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?
Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (in English and German, with Video Recording)
The open exchange of opinions is the foundation of political and intellectual freedom and includes criticism of religious content and institutions.
During the numerous conflicts over caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, a controversy arose in Western Europe about the relationship between religion and satire and the boundaries between legitimate criticism and hate speech. Historically, Judaism and Islam have had a culture of debate that has promoted a diversity of opinion.
How much internal and external criticism of their religions do Judaism and Islam tolerate today? A discussion with Suzanne Last Stone and Anshuman Mondal. The event is moderated by Dr. Nahed Samour, from the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study.
Suzanne Last Stone
Suzanne Last Stone is University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Her research specialties include the sometimes fraught relationship between Jewish and secular law.
Anshuman Mondal is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia, specializing in post-colonial studies. He writes about discourses on Islam in Europe. His best-known book is Islam and Controversy: The Politics of Free Speech after Rushdie.