The sixth event of our lecture series The Others’ Faith was dedicated to the relationship between Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism.
Whereas Jews rarely came in contact with the teachings of Buddha before the nineteenth century, the spread of Islam in central and southeast Asia sparked an intensive exchange between Muslims and Buddhists.
What shape did these relationships take?
Today, the popularity of Buddhism is growing in the West. Its followers include a group known as JuBus: predominantly American Jews who have adopted Buddhist practices. What explains that interest? And how do Judaism and Islam today approach a tradition of thinking that recognizes deities but not one all-powerful and immortal God?
A discussion with Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) and Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University).
Jerome Gellman is professor emeritus of Ben-Gurion University. He specializes in philosophy of religion and Jewish theology. Gellman has been at the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions and at the Center for Philosophy of Religion, Notre Dame University. He has published seven books, the latest: Perfect Goodness and the God of the Jews.
Johan Elverskog is Professor of Religious Studies and History at Southern Methodist University, USA. He is the author and editor of numerous publications on Asian history and cross-cultural exchange. He specializes in the history of religions, especially their spread and interactions along the Silk Road. One of his books is: Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road.
The event will also be broadcast by ALEX Offener Kanal Berlin.
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Lecture Series 2019/20: The Others’ Faith (6)
The 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.
On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism
With Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University)
24 Sep 2020
Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages
With 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), in German
18 Jun 2020
Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism
With Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University), in German and English
20 Apr 2020
What Do You Think about Jesus? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity
With Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), in German and English
18 Feb 2020
Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism
With Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Reza Shah-Kazemi (Institute of Ismaili Studies in London)
4 Feb 2020
Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations
With Lukas Mühlethaler (Free University Berlin) and Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, USA), in German and English
21 Nov 2019