In this special episode, we take a virtual
journey to three countries: Germany, Israel, and the United States. What
initiatives, organizations, and projects already exist in the field of
Muslim-Jewish relations and what can we learn from other countries? Together
with our seven extraordinary interview partners, we give you an overview of the
topics that are important for Muslim-Jewish relations. Our interview partners
are Arik Rudnitzky (Project Manager, Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab
Cooperation, Tel Aviv University), Avi Shilon (Professor for Political Science,
New York University / Tel Aviv University), Mohammad Darawshe (Director,
Planning, Equality & Shared Society, Givat Haviva Center), Ari Gordon
(Director, U. S. Muslim-Jewish Relations at the American Jewish Committee),
Mehnaz Afridi (Director, Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center,
Manhattan College), Yasemin Soylu (Co-Organizer, Muslim-Jewish Culture Days
Heidelberg) and Ilya Sichrovsky (Founder, Muslim-Jewish Conference).
Why do Hebrew-speaking teachers in Israel teach at
Arabic-speaking schools and vice versa? How does a conference organized by
volunteers manage to bring together hundreds of Muslims and Jews, and what
impact did the US election year have on Muslim-Jewish relations in the US? Answers to these questions and much more can
be found in episode 5, so be sure to listen in!
The research project „Mecca and
Jerusalem“ (Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies) focuses on the history,
present, and future of Muslim-Jewish relations. Through lectures and
interviews, the podcast brings together philosophical, cultural, and political
perspectives from Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, and Israel Studies. The
podcast is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and is produced in cooperation
with the national broadcast service Hessischer Rundfunk, the Department of
Islamic Studies at the University of Frankfurt, and the University of
Heidelberg. The podcast team and hosts are Beyza Arslan, Johannes Becke, Dana
Daymand, and Frederek Musall.
This podcast episode was produced as part of the
Sylke Temple Fellowship Program of the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation.
For more information on the Fellowship, click here: