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LMU-Berkeley Cooperation: Conference on “Muslims and Jews in Christian Europe”

Munich, 06/20/2008

The “LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities Program“, initiated last year as part of the institutional strategy LMUexcellent, will launch with a joint, two-day conference on the topic “Muslims and Jews in Christian Europe”. Under the aegis of Michael Brenner, Department of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, and John Efron, Institute of European Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, renowned academics from all over the world will gather at Elmau Castle on June 23 and 24 to discuss the importance of Jewish and Muslim heritage in European culture.

Only through the force of multiple influences through Judaism and Islam did Europe become what is often misleadingly called the “Christian occident”. This conference aims to show the broad spectrum of mutual influences, through lectures and round tables, to demonstrate the intertwining of the cultures during the Middle Ages, trace the immediate historic roots in the today’s world and analyze the current situation, including the Middle East conflict.

Participants comprise young academics from Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as leading figures from this scientific discourse, including philosopher Jürgen Habermas, LMU sociologist Ulrich Beck, philosopher and President of the Al-Quds University in Jerusalem Sari Nusseibeh, author Ian Buruma, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan and renowned historians of Jewish and Islamic history such as Dan Diner, Mark Cohen (Princeton), Emmanuel Sivan (Jerusalem) and David Ruderman from the University of Pennsylvania, who will be the Allianz Visiting Professor for Islamic and Jewish Studies at LMU Munich for the summer semester.

LMU supports the conference as part of the “LMU-Berkeley Research in the Humanities Program”. It is an integral part of the research cooperation that LMU Munich sealed with the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) within the framework of its institutional strategy LMUexcellent last August. LMU Munich aims to expand its global position as a strong research university by forging strategic partnerships with top-level international universities.

The conference is also sponsored by the Institute of European Studies at UCB, Allianz-Kulturstiftung, Ertomis-Stiftung, Freundeskreis des Lehrstuhls für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur at LMU Munich and Elmau Castle.


The conference program is available here.

For additional information on the conference please contact:
Dr. Mirjam Triendl-Zadoff
Tel: + 49 (0) 89/2180-5573

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