How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (video recording available, in English and German)

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.

recording available

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W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Video recording of the lecture How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?, 12 April 2018, in English and German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2018.

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

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.

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Anshuman Mondal and Suzanne Last Stone; photos: Brunel University Photographer and private

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Where, when, what?

  • When12 Apr 2018
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Akademie,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (gegenüber dem Museum)
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