30 April 2019, 7 pm
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).
13 June 2019, 7 pm
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.
4 July 2019, 7 pm
Evolutionary biology is not taught at some religious schools in the United States, Israel, and some Muslim-majority countries. This has encountered growing criticism, including from some Jewish and Muslim theologians and scholars. But how teachers present both scientific and theological views of the world without either de-legitimizing or reifying religious perspectives? The education scholars Rachel S. A. Pear and Anila Asghar discuss these questions from both Jewish and Muslim perspectives.
5 March 2019, 7 pm
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.
31 January 2019, 7 pm
The insights of evolutionary biology have marked a sea change in our understanding of how life emerged. In light of this, how do Judaism and Islam envision their belief in Creation today? A discussion between Natan Slifkin and Fatimah Jackson.
20 November 2018, 7 pm
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.
Lecture Series (6)Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights Show all
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.
14 June 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Anver Emon (University of Toronto) discuss questions in the dynamic space between individual freedom of belief and specific religions’ absolute claim on the truth.
3 May 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) and Katajun Amirpur (University of Hamburg) discuss questions of gender justice in Judaism and Islam.
12 April 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives towards the contemporary discourse on human rights? Suzanne Last Stone (Yeshiva University) and Anshuman Mondal (University of East Anglia) discuss the culture of debate, freedom of opinion, and the openness to outside criticism in Judaism and Islam.
25 January 2018
Michael Galchinsky and Mashood Baderin debate, among other questions, what religious and ethical norms underlie human rights agreements and what are the primary features of the current Jewish and Muslim discourse over the adaptation and practical enforcement of human rights outside of Europe and North America.
23 November 2017
Human rights are regarded as a secular value system. Where do Judaism and Islam provide a link to contemporary human rights discourse or are they even incompatible? Prof. Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali and Jill Jacobs entered into a discussion.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Jewish-Moroccan Film Week (5)My Heart in the Maghreb Show all
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.
Lecture Series (5)Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage) Show all
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.
14 April 2016
Panel Discussion with Judith Plaskow, religious scholar and author of one of the first works of Jewish feminist theology, New York and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, researcher on Islamic law and gender, London.
9 December 2015
Panel Discussion with Ronen Reichman, Professor of Talmud, Codices, and Rabbinic Literature at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg and Mathias Rohe, Professor of Civil Law, Private International Law, and Comparative Law as well as head of the Erlangen Center for Islam and the Law in Europe (EZIRE), Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg.
29 October 2015
Panel Discussion with Michael L. Satlow, Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Brown University, Providence and Sarah Albrecht, research associate at the Institute of Islamic Studies, Free University Berlin.
18 February 2016
Panel Discussion with Tobias Jona Simon, rabbi of the Association of Jewish Communities in Lower Saxony and Esra Özyürek, professor for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics.