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David B. Ruderman is Allianz Visiting Professor at LMU Munich

Munich, 06/13/2008

Professor David B. Ruderman from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, is the Allianz Visiting Professor for Islamic and Jewish Studies for the summer semester. Allianz SE established this visiting professorship at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München in 2003 with the aim of furthering dialog between the Jewish and Islamic cultures. As a visiting academic in the Department of Jewish History and Culture, Professor Ruderman will lecture at the chair of Professor Michael Brenner on the topic of “Modern Jewish Intellectual History” and hold a graduate seminar on “The Transformation of Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe”.

David B. Ruderman will be formally received at LMU Munich on June 18, 2008, when he will hold a public lecture on “The People and the Book: The Invention of Printing and the Transformation of Jewish Culture”. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in M018 Lecture Room in the main building of LMU Munich. Advance registration is required (see below). Professor Ruderman’s lectures will take place throughout the semester on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon in room D209 of the university’s main building at Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1. 

David B. Ruderman was born in New York in 1944. He was ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College, New York in 1971 and gained a Ph.D. at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1975. Today he holds the Joseph Meyerhoff Professorship of Modern Jewish History and is Director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2000 to 2004 Professor Ruderman was also President of the American Academy for Jewish Research. His research focuses on medieval and modern Jewish history and Jewish intellectual history. David B. Ruderman has issued numerous publications on Jewish history and culture in the early modern era, including “Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry’s Construction of Modern Jewish Thought” (Princeton 2000), for which he received the Koret Book Award.  


The Allianz Visiting Professorship

After the September 11th attacks in the United States, Allianz SE established its Visiting Professorship for Islamic and Jewish Studies at LMU as part of its program of social commitment. The initiative is intended to promote awareness of Islamic and Jewish cultures spheres and to encourage dialog. Allianz cites its conviction that many current international conflicts are aggravated by a lack of appreciation of cultural differences.

This visiting professorship also represents the first educational program the company has sponsored outside the area of financial services. The professorship, which is alternately awarded to instructors from Islamic and Jewish studies, enables LMU Munich to enrich the interdisciplinary network of research and instruction on Islamic, religious and cultural studies and in philological and historical fields.

Advance registrations for the public lecture on June 18 can be made by e-mailing 


Interview requests:

Professor Ruderman is available for interviews. Please direct inquiries to +48 89 2180 - 5570. 

Contact for questions concerning the Allianz Visiting Professorship:
Nicolai Tewes, Allianz SE
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 3800 - 4511
Fax: + 49 (0) 89 / 3800 - 84511

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