Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

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

The fifth event of our lecture series “The Others' Faith” is dedicated to atheism and the question: Can mindsets critical of religion be constructive for a Jewish and Islamic theology that speaks to our times?

Skepticism, non-belief, and doubt have accompanied religions since their beginnings. As a result of advancing secularization, however, atheistic and agnostic convictions have become widespread in the Western world to an unprecedented level. How do Judaism and Islam respond to this?

20 April, 7 pm
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

As monotheistic religions, they both see the negation of God as a rejection of moral values. But do moral principles necessarily require recourse to transcendence? And how do Judaism and Islam meet the claim of rationality and reason formulated by the atheists?

A discussion with Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (University of Virginia).

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Portrait of Jacques Berlinerblau and Ufuk Topkara

Jaques Berlinerblau (left), photo: Rafael Suanes und Ufuk Topkara, photo: private

Jacques Berlinerblau

Jacques Berlinerblau is a Professor of Jewish Civilization and the Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at der Georgetown University. He has published on a wide variety of scholarly subjects with special attention to heresy, atheism and secularism. He is the author of How to be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom.

Ufuk Topkara

Ufuk Topkara studied philosophy at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Harvard University. He has served as a lecturer in Islam at Evangelische Akademie Berlin and is the author of the book Umrisse einer zeitgemäßen philosophischen Theologie im Islam: Die Verfeinerung des Charakters (Outlines of a Contemporary Philosophical Theology in Islam: The Refinement of Character), which combines Islamic philosophy with existentialist philosophy.

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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

    Monday, 20 April 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 Phone: +49 (0)30 25 993 419
    presse@jmberlin.de

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

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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

4 February 2020
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Muhammad Suheyl-Umar (Iqbal Academy of Pakistan) talk about how do today’s Jews and Muslims view Hinduism, which recognizes multiple deities?

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

18 February 2020
Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) discuss where do Jewish and Muslim perspectives on Christianity overlap?

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

12 March 2020
Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskrog (Southern Methodist University) talk about, how do Judaism and Islam today approach a tradition of thinking that recognizes deities but not one all-powerful and immortal God?

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

20 April 2020
Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University) discuss, if mindsets critical of religion 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

18 June 2020
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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Here you can find the current events program of the Jewish-Islamic Forum and the Academy Program on Migration and Diversity.

Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

4 February 2020
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Muhammad Suheyl-Umar (Iqbal Academy of Pakistan) talk about how do today’s Jews and Muslims view Hinduism, which recognizes multiple deities?

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

18 February 2020
Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) discuss where do Jewish and Muslim perspectives on Christianity overlap?

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

12 March 2020
Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskrog (Southern Methodist University) talk about, how do Judaism and Islam today approach a tradition of thinking that recognizes deities but not one all-powerful and immortal God?

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

20 April 2020
Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University) discuss, if mindsets critical of religion 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

18 June 2020
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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