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

Talk and panel discussion (video recording available)

This event raises the question of whether the debate over the role of Islam in Europe can be held without reference to Judaism. Controversies surrounding religious rites such as male circumcision and the ritual slaughter of animals point to similarities in the perception and position in society of Jews and Muslims. These parallels serve as a starting point for a discussion of the existing religious and ethnic divisions in Europe.

An introductory lecture by the renowned sociologist Prof. Nilüfer Göle will be followed by a panel discussion with Shai Lavi (Tel Aviv University) and Gökçe Yurdakul (Humboldt University of Berlin).

Moderated by: Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)

An event in cooperation with the Istanbul Policy Center – Sabanci University – Mercator Foundation Initiative and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute as part of the Mercator IPC Senior Fellowships.

recording available

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


Nilüfer Göle is Professor of Sociology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Mercator IPC Senior Fellow. Her research themes include Islam in Europe, public sphere, secularism, and multiple modernities. In her work, she questions the Eurocentric perception of secular modernity in particular.

Shai Lavi is Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, founding director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and co-director of the Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life. His research interests include the history of Jews and Muslims in Germany, in particular the debate over ritual slaughter.

Gökçe Yurdakul is Professor for Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt University of Berlin and co-head of the department “Foundations of Migration and Integration Research” at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research. Her research themes include citizenship, religion, ethnicity, and gender.

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin is Professor for Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and academic director of the Jewish Culture and Identity unit at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His research interests include the Jewish-Christian history of ideas in Europe and Zionist historical consciousness.

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  • When19 Jan 2015
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
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