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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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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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  • 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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Past Events for You to Listen To and Watch

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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

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)
Video: in German

Lecture Series
18 Jun 2020

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

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

Lecture Series
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)
Video: in German and English

Lecture Series
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)

Lecture Series
4 Feb 2020

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About a Tea Bowl

Discussion with brief presentations about interwoven experiences of post-Soviet Jewish migration
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
27 Nov 2019

Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations

Prelude to the new lecture series The Others’ Faith. With Lukas Mühlethaler (Free University Berlin) and Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, USA)
Video: in German and English

Lecture Series
21 Nov 2019

Ruth Wodak: Swing to the right?!

Ruth Wodak traces how a new “normality to the right” is establishing itself in many European countries
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
17 Oct 2019

“To Know One Religion Is to Know None”

W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow Walid Abdelgawad talks about reflections on Islam and Judaism in the writings of German-speaking Jewish orientalists between 1833 and 1955
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
28 Aug 2019

Do You Believe in Miracles?

With James A. Diamond (Professor in Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada) and Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu (Professor in Religious Studies at St. Joseph’s University in Philidelphia, United States)
Video: in English

Lecture Series
13 Jun 2019

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Museums, Religion and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

with the curators Jisgang Nika Collision (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Saxonian State Ethnographic Collections)

Lecture/Discussion
9 May 2019

Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will

With Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück)
Video: in English

Lecture Series
30 Apr 2019

Access Barriers. Critical Perspectives on Racism in Schools and Curatorial Practices

Keynote by Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town) at the conference Access Barriers on museums as places of social change.
Video:in English

Lecture/Discussion
20 Mar 2019

How Much God Is in the Holy Scriptures?

With Benjamin Sommer (expert in modern Jewish theology) and Ghassan el Masri (researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time)
Video: in German and English

Lecture Series
5 Mar 2019

God, Darwin, and Evolution

Natan Slifkin (Biblical Museum of Natural History, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA) discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians treat evolutionary biology.
Video: in English

Lecture Series
31 Jan 2019

Happy Birthday, Academy Programs!

Introducing the Academy Programs as well as Panel Discussions: Jewish Fathers – Jewish Children? and A Pre-fascist Era?

Lecture/Discussion
2 Dec 2018

Science in the Light of Faith

Geoffrey A. Mitelman and Ahmad S. Dallal discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians have reflected for centuries on the conflicting powers of God and his revelation and human reason.
Video: in English

Lecture Series
20 Nov 2018

Living with Islamophobia

The international conference “Living with Islamophobia” considered how cultural and religious affiliations are constructed and invited experts to enter into discussion.
Video: in English

Conference
11–12 Oct 2018

Imported Antisemitism?

We discuss with political, academic, and practical experts which manifestations of antisemitism among Arab migrants and Muslims in Germany exist.
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
30 Aug 2018

My God, Your God, No God

Part of our lecture Series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
14 Jun 2018

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

with Imani Perry: »What Lies Underneath: Difficult Histories and the Resurgence of The Far Right«
Video: in English

Conference
7 Jun 2018

Equal before God and Humans?

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
3 May 2018

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English and German

Lecture Series
12 Apr 2018

What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
Video: in English and German


20 Mar 2018

The Right to Life

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
8 Mar 2018

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
25 Jan 2018

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
23 Nov 2017

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New Judaism – Alliances in Postmigrant Society

On concepts of being Jewish within the third generation of Jews in Germany
video: german and english

Discussion
16 Nov 2017

Dmitrij Belkin

Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany

on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

Reading/Discussion
19 Oct 2017

IN-/EXCLUSIONS and Self-Empowerment in the Cultural Business

With Max Czollek, Dan Thy Nguyen, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, and Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz (in German)

Discussion
12 Oct 2017

People, National Community, AfD

Book presentation and discussion with the author Michael Wildt and Alexander Häusler (in German)
Audio: in German

Lecture/Discussion
10 Oct 2017

Future Memories

Discussion on the Importance of Minority Perspectives for European Societies’ Commemorative Cultures

Discussion
26 Sep 2017

Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

Nawal Ammar and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Video: German and English, no subtitles

Reading/Discussion
13 Jul 2017

Yousef Abad

Eliz Sanasarian and Elham Rokni on video art by Elham Rokni and the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.
Audio: in English

Lecture/Discussion
6 Jul 2017

Religion. Fashion. Empowerment.

Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri (in German and English)

Lecture/Discussion
29 Jun 2017

With Karamba to the Bundestag – My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament

Karamba Diaby tells of his birth country Senegal, of life in the GDR, his work in the Bundestag, and of his vision of an open and future-oriented society.
Audio: in German

Lecture/Discussion
1 Jun 2017

Portrait Ariel Sabar

Ariel Sabar: My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

Reading and talk with the writer Ariel Sabar on the story of his father Yona Sabar, professor of the Neo-Aramaic language, and the Kurdish-Jewish history.
Audio: in English

Lecture/Discussion
11 May 2017

Israelis in Germany
Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

Talk and Slideshow with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi from the University of Wuppertal on Israeli Jews in today's Germany.
Audio: in German

Lecture/Discussion
4 May 2017

Letters

Im/Possibilities – Perspectives on Refugee Participation

Conference on the situation for refugees in Europe and Germany. Recording of the opening event with a talk by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.
Audio: in German and English

Reading/Discussion
23 Mar 2017

Our Father: A Sinti Family Recounts

Conversation and reading with the German-Sinti civil rights activist and author Anita Awosusi and her daughter Tayo Onutor about their family’s history.
Audio: in German

Reading/Discussion
23 Mar 2017

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The Acid Test – How Fear of Foreigners is Threatening our Democracy

The Islamic studies and education scholar Lamya Kaddor reads from her book and discusses integration with Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz and Andreas Zick.
Audio: in German

Reading/Discussion
16 Feb 2017

Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

Theme day with lectures by Michel Abitbol, Eric Salerno, Patrick Bernhard, Haim Saadoun, and panel discussion
Language: German, English, and French

Lecture/Discussion
26 Jan 2017

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A Jew in Neukölln – My Path to Coexistence of Religions

The theology student and writer Ármin Langer reads from his book and talks about Jewish life in Neukölln.
Audio: in German

Reading/Discussion
19 Oct 2016

Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

with Dr. Rosa Fava, Juliane Jurewicz, Prof. Dr. Iman Attia, Olga Gerstenberger, Ozan Keskinkiliç, Anita Awosusi, Ilona Lagrene, Prof. Dr. Michael Rothberg, and Serpil Polat
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

Conference
16 Sep 2016

TIME OF CRISIS

with Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
Video: in German, no subtitles

Discussion
7 Sep 2016

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Antisemitism in the Arabic World – Facts and Myths

with Michael Kiefer and Omar Kamil
Video: in German, no subtitles

Discussion
26 Apr 2016

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“Angst ums Abendland” (Fears For the West) Book Presentation

Talk with Daniel Bax and Gideon Botsch on Right-wing populist parties, anti-Muslim sentiments, flight and asylum.
Audio: in German

Reading/Discussion
6 Apr 2016

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Post-migrant Society?!

International conference, recording of the opening event
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

Conference
12–14 Nov 2015

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Kill Me a Son!

Recording of the opening event
With: Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth
Video: in German, no subtitles

Conference
3–4 Sep 2015

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The Realignment of "Education after Auschwitz" in Immigration Society

Book presentation and panel discussion with the author Rosa Fava, Angela Kühner (University of Frankfurt), Selman Erkovan, history teacher in training, and Marco Kühnert
Audio recording: in German

Reading/Discussion
27 Jan 2015

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A Shared View of Europe – Jewish and Muslim Experiences as Reflected in Public Controversies

Panel discussion with Prof. Nilüfer Göle, Shai Lavi and Gökçe Yurdakul
Video: in German, no subtitles

Discussion
19 Jan 2015

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Contemporary Jewish Life in a Global Modernity

Recording of the presentation "Future of European Jewry"
With: Dr. Karen Körber and Dr. Diana Pinto
Video: in English, no subtitles

Conference
11–12 Dec 2014

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Snip it?!

Presentation of a study on the circumcision debate followed by a discussion as part of the Judeo-Islamic Forum.
Video: in German, no subtitles

Lecture/Discussion
4 Dec 2014

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Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison

Recording of the keynote by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck and the followed panel discussion
With: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck, Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev, Josip Juratovic and Dr. Monika Lüke
Video: in German, no subtitles

Conference
7–8 Apr 2014

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Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

Presentation of a study followed by panel discussion with Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
Video: in German, no subtitles

Lecture/Discussion
20 February 2014

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Modernized, then Tolerated?

Micha Brumlik, Petra Bahr, Kadir Sanci, and Thomas Bauer about religion and navigating between tradition and adaptation
Audio: in German

Discussion
10 Oct 2013

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The History of Jews and Dönme in Turkey

The Turkish studies scholar Corry Guttstadt and the historian Marc Baer discuss the history of Jews and Dönme (converts) in Turkey.
Audio: in German

Lecture/Discussion
31 Jan 2011