Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages

The Others’ Faith: World Religions through the Lens of Judaism and Islam

The sixth event of our lecture series “The Others’ Faith” is dedicated to the question: Does interfaith marital bliss require religious relativism?

Love goes beyond religious and cultural barriers, or at least that is what many believe. The growing number of interfaith marriages in Europe and the United States does seem to confirm this. But in day-to-day life, couples who practice different faiths confront a variety of challenges.

Thu, 18 Jun 2020, 7 pm
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

How do Jews and Muslims handle this? How can someone strike a balance between their own religious beliefs and their partner’s – and pass on those beliefs to children? And finally, how do the religious authorities react to interdenominational marriages?

A discussion with Madeleine Dreyfus (cultural anthropologist and psychoanalyst) and Imen Gallala-Arndt (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology).

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Portraits of Madeleine Dreyfus and Imen Gallala-Arndt

Madeleine Dreyfus (left), photo: Julien Vonier, Imen Gallala-Arndt, photo: private

Madeleine Dreyfus

Madeleine Dreyfus is a psychoanalyst with a doctorate in cultural anthropology. She is the author of the book Ein ziemlich jüdisches Leben: Säkulare Identitäten im Spannungsfeld interreligiöser Beziehungen (A Fairly Jewish Life: Between Secular Identities and Interfaith Relationships), which explores the Jewish identities of people who came from or live in interfaith households and want to pass on their Jewishness to the next generation.

Imen Gallala-Arndt

Imen Gallala-Arndt is a lawyer and a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. Her research focuses on legal reforms in Arab countries. Considering the examples of Lebanon, Tunisia, and Israel, she has investigated how interfaith marriages relate to the tensions between religious and civil law.

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Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

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  • When

    Thu, 18 Jun 2020, 7 pm

  • Where
    W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

  • Entry fee

    Free of charge – Booking opens soon in our online shop

  • For journalists T +49 (0)30 25 993 419
    presse@jmberlin.de

  • LanguageThe event is held in German and English. With simultaneous interpretation.

Lecture Series 2019/20 (6) Others’ Faith Show all

Others’ Faith

This lecture series explores the complex relationship of Judaism and Islam to the other religions. Two researchers are invited to each event who present the topic from Jewish and Islamic perspectives and enter into dialog with each other.

Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

Tue, 4 Feb 2020, 7 pm
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What do you think about Jesus? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity

Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 7 pm
Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) discuss where Jewish and Muslim perspectives on Christianity overlap.

On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism

Thu, 12 Mar 2020, 7 pm
Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskrog (Southern Methodist University) talk about the ways Judaism and Islam approach a tradition of thinking that recognizes deities but not one all-powerful and immortal God.

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

Mon, 20 Apr 2020, 7 pm
Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University) discuss, if mindsets critical of religion can be constructive for a Jewish and Islamic theology that speaks to our times.

Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages

Thu, 18 Jun 2020, 7 pm
Madeleine Dreyfus (psychoanalyst with a doctorate in cultural anthropology) und Imen Gallala-Arndt (lawyer and a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) talk about interfaith marriages in Judaism and Islam.

Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations

21 November 2019 (with video recording)
Lukas Mühlethaler (Free University Berlin) and Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, USA) discuss how Judaism and Islam see each other from different perspectives (in German and English)

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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.

Quo vadis Museum? A Debate on the New Museum Definition

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (ICOM Executive Board) and Markus Walz (Executive Board ICOM Germany) will discuss whether museums should be places of political and critical debate, what role concepts such as diversity and communities play or whether permanence is rather the core theme of the museum as an institution.

Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

Tue, 4 Feb 2020, 7 pm
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Muhammad Suheyl-Umar (Iqbal Academy of Pakistan) talk about Jewish and Muslim views on Hinduism, which recognizes multiple deities.

What do you think about Jesus? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity

Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 7 pm
Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) discuss where Jewish and Muslim perspectives on Christianity overlap.

On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism

Thu, 12 Mar 2020, 7 pm
Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskrog (Southern Methodist University) talk about the ways Judaism and Islam approach a tradition of thinking that recognizes deities but not one all-powerful and immortal God.

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

Mon, 20 Apr 2020, 7 pm
Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University) discuss, if mindsets critical of religion can be constructive for a Jewish and Islamic theology that speaks to our times.

Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages

Thu, 18 Jun 2020, 7 pm
Madeleine Dreyfus (psychoanalyst with a doctorate in cultural anthropology) und Imen Gallala-Arndt (lawyer and a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) talk about interfaith marriages in Judaism and Islam.

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