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“To Know One Religion Is to Know None”
Talk: Reflections on Islam and Judaism in the Writings of German-Speaking Jewish Orientalists (1833–1955)
Not only since the Middle East conflict has the relationship between Judaism and Islam been the subject of numerous studies. The German-speaking Jewish Orientalist Shlomo Dov Goitein (1890-1985) wrote just one year after the Yom Kippur War in 1973:
“A book on the relations between Jews and Arabs through the centuries needs no justification.”
His knowledge was rooted in the modern Jewish tradition of Oriental research. Numerous followers of this tradition made a significant contribution to the blossoming of German Oriental Studies in the transitional period from the 19th to the 20th century.
What were the distinguishing features of the emergence and content of Jewish Oriental studies and Islamic studies? And how did they reflect the relationship between Judaism and Islam?
Walid Abdelgawad, W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow at the Jewish Museum Berlin, will explore these questions and Verena Klemm (Oriental Institute, University of Leipzig) will comment on the lecture.
The Fellowship Program is supported by the Berthold Leibinger Foundation.