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The Right to Life

Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (with video recording)

The right to life and physical integrity is the foundation of every free society. Nonetheless, this right is severely restricted and disregarded in many countries. In reference to the Sharia, torture, beatings and capital punishment are found to be justifiable in some Muslim states.

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Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

In the "war on terror," torture and targeted killings without trial are found to be legitimate. Under what conditions can a person's right to life be restricted in Judaism and Islam and how is this right weighed against other legal rights?

David Novak and Jonathan Brown will discuss. The event will be moderated by Hafssa El- Bouhamouchi.

Text Jüdische und islamische Perspektiven auf Menschenrechte (Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights)

Video recording of the lecture The Right to Life; 8 March 2018; Jewish Museum Berlin 2018

David Novak

David Novak is a rabbi, theologian, and professor for religion and philosophy at the University of Toronto. His research interests include interreligious dialog, bioethics and the law of nature. His titles include The Sanctity of Human Life.

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown is professor of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University and director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. His titles includeStoning and Hand Cutting – Understanding the Hudud and the Sharia in Islam.

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Jonathan Brown (on the left side) and David Nowak (on the right side); photos: private

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Where, when, what?

  • When 8 Mar 2018
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

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