Dialogical Lecture Series
Overview of all recorded dialogical lectures from this series by the Jewish-Islamic Forum
Our Academy’s Jewish-Islamic Forum
Thematic focus of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy, 2012–20
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Cherchez la femme
Wig, Burqa, Wimple
31 Mar to 27 Aug 2017
Snip it!Stances on Ritual Circumcision
24 Oct 2014 to 1 Mar 2015
Modernized, then Tolerated?
Do religions need reformation or do they have a history that we do not really understand? (in German)
10 Oct 2013
Between Marrakesh and Mashhad
Jews in Islamic Countries
Film and Reading Series
Living with Islamophobia
The international conference “Living with Islamophobia” (11-12 October 2018) considered how cultural and religious affiliations are constructed and invited experts to enter into discussion.
An Installation in 15 Rooms by Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway
22 May to 15 Nov 2015
Kosher – Don't You Have That in Islam, Too?
An exchange program between two Berlin schools
Exhibition on religious clothing in the Diaspora Garden
1 Jun to 1 Sep 2017
Lecture Series 2019/20: The Others’ Faith (6)
The Others’ Faith
This lecture series explores the complex relationship of Judaism and Islam to the other religions. Two researchers are invited to each event who present the topic from Jewish and Islamic perspectives and enter into dialog with each other.
On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism
With Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University)
24 Sep 2020 (with video recording)
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)
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 (with video recording)
Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism
With Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University), in German and English
20 Apr 2020 (with video recording)
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), in German and English
18 Feb 2020 (with video recording)
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)
4 Feb 2020 (with video recording)
Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations
With Lukas Mühlethaler (Free University Berlin) and Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, USA), in German and English
21 Nov 2019
Lecture Series 2018/19: Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam (6)
Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam
Scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology over the past centuries have called into question the centrality of humans as the “crown of creation.”
Today, religious and scientific positions are often seen as irreconcilable. This lecture series sets out to explore the tensions and affinities between Judaism, Islam, and the sciences.
Creation and Evolution in Schools
With Rachel S. A. Pear (Center for Jewish Education in the University of Haifa) and Anila Asghar (Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Canada)
4 Jul 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)
13 Jun 2019 (with video recording)
Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will
With Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück)
30 Apr 2019 (with video recording)
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), in German and English
5 Mar 2019 (with video recording)
God, Darwin, and Evolution
With Natan Slifkin (Biblical Museum of Natural History, Beit Shemesh, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA)
31 Jan 2019 (with video recording)
Science in the Light of Faith
With Geoffrey A. Mitelman (Sinai and Synapses) and Ahmad S. Dallal (Georgetown University, Qatar)
20 Nov 2018 (with video recording)
Lecture Series 2017/18: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (6)
Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Our lecture series addresses controversial human rights topics arising in various walks of life and examines them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. For every lecture, we invite two scholars who present their own positions and then engage in a dialogue.
My God, Your God, No God
With Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Anver Emon (University of Toronto)
14 Jun 2018 (with video recording)
Equal before God and Humans?
With Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) and Katajun Amirpur (University of Hamburg)
3 May 2018 (with video recording)
How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?
With Suzanne Last Stone (Yeshiva University) and Anshuman Mondal (University of East Anglia), in English and German
12 Apr 2018 (with video recording)
The Right to Life
With David Novak (University of Toronto) and Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
8 Mar 2018 (with video recording)
Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received
With Michael Galchinsky (Georgia State University) and Mashood Baderin (University of London)
25 Jan 2018 (with video recording)
Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?
With Shaheen Sardar Ali (University of Warwick) and Jill Jacobs (Rabbi and the Managing Director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights)
23 Nov 2017 (with video recording)
Lecture Series 2016/17: Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings) (6)
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?
With Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Arizona State University in Tempe) and Nawal Ammar (Rowan University in New Jersey), in German and English
13 Jul 2017
Sexual Ethics: Sexuality, Lust, Eroticism, and God
With David Biale (Eros and the Jews) and Kecia Ali (Sexual Ethics and Islam), in German and English
16 May 2017 (with video recording)
Military Ethics: The (Religious) Laws Silent Beneath the Weapons?
With Michael Broyde (Emory University) and Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), in German and English
6 Apr 2017 (with video recording)
The Boundaries of Life - Bioethical Challenges
With Laurie Zoloth (Weinberg College, Northwestern University) and İlhan İlkılıç (University of Istanbul), in German and English
23 Feb 2017 (with video recording)
Business Ethics – Is Capitalism Kosher/Halal?
With Nathan Lee Kaplan (author) and Idris Nassery (University of Paderborn), in German
8 Dec 2016 (with video recording)
Social Ethics – On Fair Social Order
With Ingrid Mattson (Western University, Canada) and Micha Brumlik (Berlin-Brandenburg Center of Jewish Studies), in German and English
26 Oct 2016 (with video recording)
Jewish-Moroccan Film Week: My Heart in the Maghreb (5)
My Heart in the Maghreb
In May 2016, the film week My Heart in the Maghreb presented a variety of perspectives on Moroccan Judaism, with feature and documentary films from France, Canada, Israel, and especially from Morocco itself. Most of the films made their German debut in the festival.
Opening of the Jewish-Moroccan Film Week
8 May 2016
Introductory Talk by Daniel J. Schroeter and Concert by Neta Elkayam Howa Jani
White Walls & Come Mother
9 May 2016
Two movies: White Walls (Director: Meital Abekassis) and Come Mother (Director: Sami Shalom Chetrit)
Goodbye Mothers, Moroccan Jews. Destinies Undone & Where are you going, Moshe?
10 May 2016
Three movies: Goodbye Mothers (Director: Mohamed Ismaïl), Moroccan Jews. Destinies Undone (Director: Younes Laghrari) & Where are you going, Moshe? (Director: Hassan Benjelloun)
Aïda & The Midnight Orchestra
11 May 2016
Two movies: Aïda (Director: Driss Mrini) und The Midnight Orchestra (Director: Jérôme Cohen Olivar)
Oulad Moumen & They were Promised the Sea
12 May 2016
Two movies and Closing Panel
Lecture Series 2015/16: Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage) (5)
Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage)
The series of panel discussions explored topical questions that Jews and Muslims in the diaspora confront in their everyday religious practice. Each event featured two academics presenting the Jewish and Islamic perspectives.
What Does Diaspora Mean for Jews and Muslims?
With Michael L. Satlow (Brown University, Providence) and Sarah Albrecht (Free University Berlin), in German and English
29 Oct 2015 (with video recording)
Religious Law and Secular State
With Ronen Reichman (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg) and Mathias Rohe (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg), in German
9 Dec 2015 (with video recording)
Becoming a Jew, Becoming a Muslim
With Tobias Jona Simon (Rabbi of the Association of Jewish Communities in Lower Saxony) and Esra Özyürek (London School of Economics), in German and English
18 Feb 2016 (with video recording)
Feminist Approaches to Judaism and Islam
With Judith Plaskow (religious scholar and author) and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, researcher on Islamic law and gender, in English
14 Apr 2016 (with video recording)
Organic Meets Kosher and Halal
With Shai Lavi (Tel Aviv University) and Sarra Tlili (University of Florida), in English
1 Jun 2016 (with video recording)