My God, Your God, No God

Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Religious freedom includes the right to choose one’s own beliefs and to practice one’s chosen religion – but also the right not to belong to any religious community.

14 June, 7 pm
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Hall

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

How do Judaism and Islam strike a balance between individual freedom of belief and a specific religion’s absolute claim on the truth? How do they respond if their adherents leave the religious community? How are people of other faiths viewed and treated?

A discussion with Leora Batnitzky and Anver Emon.

The event will be moderated by Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Program Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Leora Batnitzky

Leora Batnitzky is a professor of Jewish Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion at Princeton University. Her most recent book is Conversion Before the Law: How Religion and Law Shape Each Other in the Modern World.

Portrait photo of Leora Batnitzky

Leora Batnitzky; photo: private

Anver Emon

Anver Emon is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on premodern and modern Islamic legal history and theory.

Portrait photo of Anver Emon

Anver Emon; photo: private

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Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Hall

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

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Lecture Series (6) Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights Show all

Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Our lecture series addresses controversial human rights topics arising in various walks of life and examines them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. For every lecture, we invite two scholars who present their own positions and then engage in a dialogue.

My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Anver Emon (University of Toronto) discuss questions in the dynamic space between individual freedom of belief and specific religions’ absolute claim on the truth.

Equal before God and Humanity?

3 May 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) and Katajun Amirpur (University of Hamburg) discuss questions of gender justice in Judaism and Islam.

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives towards the contemporary discourse on human rights? Suzanne Last Stone (Yeshiva University) and Anshuman Mondal (University of East Anglia) discuss the culture of debate, freedom of opinion, and the openness to outside criticism in Judaism and Islam.

The Right to Life

8 March 2018
David Novak and Jonathan Brown discuss under what conditions a person's right to life can be restricted in Judaism and Islam and how this right is weighed against other legal rights.

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

25 January 2018
Michael Galchinsky and Mashood Baderin debate, among other questions, what religious and ethical norms underlie human rights agreements and what are the primary features of the current Jewish and Muslim discourse over the adaptation and practical enforcement of human rights outside of Europe and North America.

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

23 November 2017
Human rights are regarded as a secular value system. Where do Judaism and Islam provide a link to contemporary human rights discourse or are they even incompatible? Prof. Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali and Jill Jacobs entered into a discussion.

Academy Programs (3) Upcoming Events Show all

Upcoming Events

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

Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right

7 June 2018
Academic conference (with interpretation Englisch/German)

My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
Part of our lecture Series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Seyla Benhabib: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Challenge to Liberal Democracies

26 June 2018
Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) discusses the challenges migration poses to liberal democracies.