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"Hear the truth, whoever speaks it."

Colloquium on November 18 to feature the work of the Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides and the culture of tolerance in Arab Spain

№ 336/2012 from Nov 05, 2012

A public colloquium to be held on November 18 will focus on the thoughts and actions of the medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides (1135/38–1204). The colloquium is being organized by the Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World based at Freie Universität Berlin, the Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Studio Daniel Libeskind. The colloquium is the first in the opening program of the Academy of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The conference language is English. German summaries of the presentations will be made available.

Daniel Libeskind, the architect of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, will open the colloquium with the presentation "Hear the truth, whoever speaks it. The Inscription on the Academy and Its Relevance Today."

International representatives of Judaism, Islamic studies, and philosophy, including Sari Nusseibeh, Sarah Stroumsa, Maribel Fierro, and Peter Adamson will give short presentations and participate in discussions devoted to the Jewish and Arab philosophy of medieval Spain, which was considerably shaped by Moses Maimonides. The legacy of Moses Maimonides and his significance for the present will also be discussed. The final presentation of the day "Iberian Echoes in Jewish Cooking around the World," will be given by the celebrated cookbook author Claudia Roden.

The Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World is also committed to these ideas. The participating scholars are dedicated to a cross-cultural and transdisciplinary approach studying the intellectual heritage of the medieval Islamic world. The Center for International Cooperation of Freie Universität Berlin is a sponsor of the colloquium.

Time and Location

  • November 18, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Jewish Museum Berlin, Altbau, Großer Saal, Lindenstr. 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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