Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

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

The second event of our lecture series “The Others’ Faith” is dedicated to the question: How do today’s Jews and Muslims view Hinduism, which recognizes multiple deities?

Since Antiquity, Judaism has been preoccupied with setting itself apart from polytheistic religions and “idolatry.” Islam, too, has had numerous experiences with non-monotheistic religions, dating back to its emergence in the early seventh century BCE, and particularly during its expansion in Asia.

Tue, 4 Feb 2020, 7 pm
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

How do today’s Jews and Muslims view Hinduism, which recognizes multiple deities? As we will see, perhaps these historical perspectives are useful for a contemporary understanding of polytheistic religions, or perhaps such perspectives impede a nuanced exploration.

A discussion with Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Muhammad Suheyl-Umar (Iqbal Academy of Pakistan).

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Portrait of Alon Goshen-Gottstein and Muhammad Suhely Umar

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (left), photo: private; and Muhammad Suhely Umar, photo: private

Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein is a leading scholar of interfaith relations, a scholar of Jewish studies and founder of the Elijah Interfaith Institute that convenes the world’s premier faith leaders in high level study and dialogue. His recent publications are The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism: Wisdom, Spirituality Identity and Same God, Other god: Judaism, Hinduism and the Problem of Idolatry.

Muhammad Suheyl Umar

Muhammad Suheyl Umar was a long-term director of the Iqbal Academy Pakistan – an institute for promoting the teachings of the Indo-Pakistani poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. He specializes in sufism, comparative religions and the Islamic intellectual history. He is the editor of The Religious Other: Towards a Muslim Theology of Other Religions in a Post-Prophetic age.

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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

    Tue, 4 Feb 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
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.

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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