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

Lecture Series: The Others’ Faith – World Religions through the Lens of Judaism and Islam (livestream in English)

The sixth event of our lecture series “The Others’ Faith” is 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?

Thu 24 Sep 2020, 7 pm, livestream



The livestream starts on Thu 24 Sep 2020, 7 pm. During the event, you are welcome to ask questions via the Slido App.

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).

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Portrait of Jerome Gellman and Johann Elverskrog

Jerome Gellman (left), photo: private and Johan Elverskog, photo: Liljana Elverskog

Jerome Gellman

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

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.

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)

Lecture Series
24 Sep 2020 – livestream

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)

Lecture Series
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 (with video recording)

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

With Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University), in German and English

Lecture Series
20 Apr 2020 (with video recording)

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

Lecture Series
18 Feb 2020 (with video recording)

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)

Lecture Series
4 Feb 2020 (with video recording)

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

Lecture Series
21 Nov 2019 (with video recording)

Academy Programs: Upcoming Events (1)

Upcoming Events

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

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

With Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University)

Lecture Series
24 Sep 2020 – livestream