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Public Panel Discussion on Islam in Europe to Be Held at Jewish Museum on June 19, 2014

№ 204/2014 from Jun 03, 2014

A public panel discussion as part of the Blankensee Colloquium at the Academy of the Jewish Museum on June 19, 2014, will address the contemporary controversies and the genealogical continuities of Islam in Europe. The event is being organized jointly by the Academy of the Jewish Museum, Freie Universität Berlin, the Catholic University of Leuven, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. The discussion will be in English. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. RSVP by phone, +49 30 25993 488 or email:

A lot has been said about the presence of Islam in Europe. Numerous politicians, intellectuals, and other public figures have made public statements about their ideas on the subject, and the growing visibility of Islamic practices has triggered lively debate throughout Europe. Moderated by Prof. Schirin Amir-Moazami from Freie Universität Berlin and Prof. Nadia Fadil from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, the participants of the panel discussion will discuss to what extent it is possible to speak about historical continuities, given the one-sided focus on Muslims as a problem. In particular, they will address the issue of whether the current debates about the visible presence of Islam in Europe are a reflection of older tensions that are inherent in the constitution of European nation-states.

The discussion will be moderated by Schirin Amir-Moazami and Nadia Fadil. The discussants are Prof. Gil Anidjar from Columbia University, USA, Prof. Susannah Heschel from Dartmouth College, USA, Prof. Damani Partridge from the University of Michigan, USA, and Prof. Ruth Mas from the University of Colorado-Boulder, USA.

Time and Location

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Jewish Museum Berlin, Academy Hall, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin; subway station: Kochstr./ Checkpoint Charlie (U6) and Hallesches Tor (U1, U6)

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-55865, Email:

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