Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

Reading with Discussion (Video Recording in German and English available)

The lecture series Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam addresses ethically sensitive questions from different areas of life and illuminates them from a Jewish and Islamic perspective. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, and Nawal Ammar, Dean of the Humanities & Social Sciences College at Rowan University in New Jersey have been invited to attend.

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

Video recording of the reading with discussion Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation? with Nawal Ammar and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson on 13 July 2017 (in German and English).
Jewish Museum Berlin 2017

Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

For a long time, the Abrahamic tradition was blamed for bringing about the ecological crisis due to the call of God to take control of the earth. But can the exploitation of nature really be blamed on the religions? Which stances can be deduced from Jewish and Muslim ethics on the legitimacy of interfering with nature, for example on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms or climate engineering?

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Professor of Modern Judaism and Director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe. She published "Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World."

Nawal Ammar

Nawal Ammar is Professor of Law and Justice and Dean of the Humanities & Social Sciences College at Rowan University, New Jersey. Her research interests include ecology and ecofeminism.

The event will be chaired by Dr. Martin Mahmud Kellner, Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück.

Logo reading »Ethische Fragen in Judentum & Islam« (Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam)
Nawal Ammar and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

The discussants will be Nawal Ammar and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson; Photos: private; ASU.

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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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    W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

Lecture Series (6) Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings) Show all

Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings)

The lecture series explored contentious ethical issues from diverse aspects of life and shed light on them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. Two guest scholars gave each lecture, presented their tradition’s position, and engaged in a mutual dialogue.

Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

13 July 2017
Discussion: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, and Nawal Ammar, Dean of the Humanities & Social Sciences College at Rowan University in New Jersey

Sexual Ethics: Sexuality, Lust, Eroticism, and God

16 May 2017
Discussion: David Biale, author of Eros and the Jews: From Biblical Israel to Contemporary America and Kecia Ali, author of Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Quran, Hadith, and Jurisprudence.

Military Ethics: The (Religious) Laws Silent Beneath the Weapons?

6 April 2017
Discussion: Michael Broyde, Professor and Head of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, and Asma Afsaruddin, Professor at Indiana University.

The Boundaries of Life - Bioethical Challenges

23 February 2017
Discussion: Laurie Zoloth professor of religion at Weinberg College, Northwestern University, and Ilhan Ilkilic, director of the Institute for Health Sciences and the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics at the University of Istanbul.

Business Ethics – Is Capitalism Kosher/Halal?

8 December 2016
Discussion: Nathan Lee Kaplan, author of a book on Talmudic business ethics, and Idris Nassery, research associate at the Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Paderborn

Social Ethics – On Fair Social Order

26 October 2016
Discussion: Ingrid Mattson, professor of Islamic Studies, Huron College of Western University in Canada, and Micha Brumlik, senior advisor at the Berlin-Brandenburg Center of Jewish Studies

Academy Programs (51) Past Events for You to Listen To and Watch Show all

Past Events for You to Listen To and Watch

We have recorded some of our conferences, lectures, readings, and panel discussions for you as audio or video files.

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

“To Know One Religion Is to Know None”

28 August 2019
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 (in German)
Video: in German; no subtitles

Do You Believe in Miracles?

13 June 2019
Many people are skeptical of miracle stories found in Jewish and Muslim Scripture, or reject them entirely. For others, as believers, they are objective accounts of the facts and proof of God’s existence. Is it possible to believe in miracles in this day and age? A discussion with James A. Diamond, the expert in Jewish philosophy, and Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu, a scholar of religion.

Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

9 May 2019
Museums are called on to deal critically and transparently with the often invisible colonial history of their collections. The curators Jisgang Nika Collision (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Saxonian State Ethnographic Collections) discussed this topic.

Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will

30 April 2019
New findings in psychology, neurology, and genetics have been increasingly casting doubt on humans’ capacity to make conscious decisions. This comes down to whether humans are responsible for their own actions. Is our free will really just an illusion? A discussion with Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück).

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

20 March 2019
The conference explored discriminatory access barriers in schools and questioned the museum practices of collecting, organizing and exhibiting from critical perspectives on racism. In her keynote, Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town) considered museums as places of social change.

How Much God Is in the Holy Scriptures?

5 March 2019
How can belief in the divine revelation of Scripture be reconciled with historical textual research? A discussion between Benjamin Sommer, an expert in modern Jewish theology, and Ghassan el Masri, researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time.

God, Darwin, and Evolution

31 January 2019
Natan Slifkin (Biblical Museum of Natural History, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA) discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians treat evolutionary biology.

Happy Birthday, Academy Programs!

2 December 2018
Welcoming Remarks and Introducing the Academy Programs | Discussion with Performance: Archive of Life. Memory in a Society Shaped by Migration | Panel Discussion: Jewish Fathers – Jewish Children? | Panel Discussion: A Pre-fascist Era? | Reception: 5 Years – 5 Friends – 5 Gifts

Science in the Light of Faith

20 November 2018
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.

Living with Islamophobia

11 and 12 October 2018
The international conference “Living with Islamophobia” considered how cultural and religious affiliations are constructed and invited experts to enter into discussion.

Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations

21 November 2019 (with video recording)
Prelude to the new lecture series Others’ Faith. 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)

Imported Antisemitism?

30 August 2018
Is Antisemitism increasing with the number of refugees from Arab countries? We discuss with political, academic, and practical experts which manifestations of antisemitism among Arab migrants and Muslims in Germany exist (in German).

My God, Your God, No God

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

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

7 June 2018
Opening Session of the academic conference
Including Imani Perry's keynote »What Lies Underneath: Difficult Histories and the Resurgence of The Far Right«

Equal before God and Humans?

3 May 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

20 March 2018
Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

The Right to Life

8 March 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

25 January 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

23 November 2017
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

New Judaism – Alliances in Postmigrant Society

16 November 2017
Discussion on concepts of being Jewish within the third generation of Jews in Germany (in German and English)

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

19 October 2017
Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

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

12 October 2017
With Max Czollek, Dan Thy Nguyen, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, and Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz (in German)

People, National Community, AfD

10 October 2017
Book presentation and discussion with the author Michael Wildt and Alexander Häusler (in German)
Audio: in German

Future Memories

26 September 2017
Discussion on the Importance of Minority Perspectives for European Societies’ Commemorative Cultures

Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

13 July 2017
Reading with discussion: Nawal Ammar and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Video: German and English, no subtitles

Religion. Fashion. Empowerment.

29 June 2017
Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri (in German and English)

Yousef Abad

6 July 2017
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

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

1 June 2017
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

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

11 May 2017
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

Israelis in Germany
Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

4 May 2017
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

Im/Possibilities
Perspectives on Refugee Participation

29 March 2017
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, followed by a panel discussion.
Audio: in German and English

Our Father: A Sinti Family Recounts

23 March 2017
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

The Acid Test
How Fear of Foreigners is Threatening our Democracy

16 February 2017
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

Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

26 Januar 2017
Theme day with lectures by Michel Abitbol, Eric Salerno, Patrick Bernhard, Haim Saadoun, and panel discussion
Language: German, English, and French

A Jew in Neukölln – My Path to Coexistence of Religions

19 October 2016
The theology student and writer Ármin Langer reads from his book and talks about Jewish life in Neukölln.
Audio: in German

Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

16 September 2016
Conference 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

TIME OF CRISIS

7 September 2016
Panel discussion with Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
Video: in German, no subtitles

Antisemitism in the Arabic World – Facts and Myths

26 April 2016
Panel discussion with Michael Kiefer and Omar Kamil
Video: in German, no subtitles

Angst ums Abendland (Fears For the West)
Book Presentation with Daniel Bax

6 April 2016
Talk with Daniel Bax and Gideon Botsch on Right-wing populist parties, anti-Muslim sentiments, flight and asylum.
Audio: in German

Post-migrant Society?!

12–14 November 2015
International conference, recording of the opening event
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

Kill Me a Son!

3–4 September 2015
Symposium, recording of the opening event
With: Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth
Video: in German, no subtitles

The Realignment of "Education after Auschwitz" in Immigration Society

27 January 2015
Book presentation and panel discussion with the author Rosa Fava, Angela Kühner (University of Frankfurt), Selman Erkovan, history teacher in training, and Marco Kühnert, a guide at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg.
Audio: in German

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

19 January 2015
Panel discussion with Prof. Nilüfer Göle, Shai Lavi and Gökçe Yurdakul
Video: in German, no subtitles

Contemporary Jewish Life in a Global Modernity

11–12 December 2014
International conference, recording of the presentation "Future of European Jewry"
With: Dr. Karen Körber and Dr. Diana Pinto
Video: in English, no subtitles

Snip it?!

4 December 2014, 7 pm
Presentation of a study on the circumcision debate followed by a discussion as part of the Judeo-Islamic Forum.
Video: in German, no subtitles

Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison

7–8 April 2014
Symposium, 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

Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

20 February 2014
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

Modernized, then Tolerated?

10 October 2013
Panel discussion with Micha Brumlik, Petra Bahr, Kadir Sanci, and Thomas Bauer about religion and navigating between tradition and adaptation.
Audio: in German

The History of Jews and Dönme in Turkey

31 January 2011
The Turkish studies scholar Corry Guttstadt and the historian Marc Baer discuss the history of Jews and Dönme (converts) in Turkey.
Audio: in German