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International Conference and Believing, June 20th-22nd 2018

A Comparative View of Theological Scriptural Hermeneutics:

Theologians are increasingly according due weight to the insight that an understanding of the divine message in the three monotheistic religions requires a genealogical approach that entails deciphering the interactions between intellectual history and discourse in the scriptures. Alongside a traditional theological approach proceeding on the basis of comparing and contrasting monotheistic beliefs, a comparative hermeneutic methodology drawing on semiotics and textual analysis has emerged as promising. Nevertheless, all methods that have impacted discourse in the field thus far primarily indicate that all comparative approaches essentially appear to posit dogmatic definitions, such as that of the Trinity or of the attributes of God, as relative.
How, then, in light of these considerations, might a comparative theological hermeneutics of the divine message look today? To what extent can methodological and epistemological diversity within a religious denomination or theological tradition contribute to an interreligious discourse on an academic level,  conducted, as is its due, in the service of the ethical and spiritual essence of the divine word, which all religions have long proclaimed and  laboriously uncovered in their scriptures?
This conference provides the framework for specialist academic discussion of theological and epistemological questions relating to the process of understanding divine discourse in the three monotheistic religions and the associated ethical, moral and social implications.
The conference’s panels intend to provide a framework for wide-ranging discussion around the topics currently at the center of theological discourse, such as symbolic theology, textual aesthetics and moral theory. A panel on readings of the Qurʾān, the Bible and the Torah will concern itself with matters of source criticism. In addition to this, an exploration of the qirāʾāt will proceed on the basis of an Islamic perspective on selected passages or terms. This approach may encompass both purely lexical and/or grammatical interpretations and those with exegetical relevance.
You can download the programme here.

Iftar at DIRS

May 2018

International Workshop: Tolerance and Demarcation: Positions on Islamic Unity and Diversity

From April 19 to April 20, 2018, the second international workshop of the junior research groups from the Department Islamic-Religious Studies at FAU and from the Institute of Religious Studies at the University of Bamberg was held in Bayreuth. Under the topic “Tolerance and Demarcation: Positions on Islamic Unity and Diversity” and in different panels, researchers from all over Europe discussed theory and practice of Islamic tolerance.

The program of the workshop can be found here.

 

Visit of the Exhibition: History and Identity. The Rescue of Documents from Timbuktu

Impressions from the exhibition can be found here.

DIRS study trip to Morocco

The travel blog on the Morocco exhibition can be found here.

International Workshop “Rationality in Islamic Theology between Traditions and Modernity”, hosted at DIRS from 23/11/2017-25/11/2017

The flyer for the event can be found here.

DIRS Conference on “Philosophy and Law” in cooperation with the Chair for Oriental and Islamic Studies, 14/02/2017-17/02/2017 in Erlangen

The flyer for the event can be found here.

Workshop on the Topic „Medieval Arabic Christian-Muslim Polemics Revisited“ hosted at the Orangerie in Erlangen from 07/02/2017-08/02/2017.

More information can be found here.

Talk by Prof. Dr. Reza Hajatpour on January 17, 2017, as part of the lecture series “Monotheism and Plurality” in Erlangen

Launch of the new Center for Euro-Oriental Studies (CEOS) on November 25,2011

More information can be found here.

International Workshop “Dynamics of Islamic Teaching and Study Cultures in the Middle East and the European Diaspora”, 17/11/2016-18/11/2016

More information on the event can be found here.

Impressions of the DIRS introduction class for new students on October 17, 2016 

Impressions from the international workshop “Modern reform initiatives in Islamic thought”, held at DIRS from 29/09/2016-01/10/2016

More information on the event can be found here.

Impressions from the DIRS-Iftar-night with 70 guests

Impressions from the DIRS open house, 02/06/2016

Discussion night with Abbas Poya: “Religious Plurality in Switzerland”

Pictures on the event can be found here.

Seminar: Inter-religious Learning with Fahimah Ulfat and Andrea Roth, January 2016

International Conference “Rationality in Islamic Theology between Tradition and Modernity”, 26/11/2015-28/11/2015

Workshop “Pre-Islamic Arabic Poetry and its Meaning for Quranic Studies”, 25/11/2015

Impressions from the “Long Night of the Sciences 2015”, October 24,2015

Workshop on the Topic “Core Conepts of Islamic Theology and Religious Welfare” from 23/10/2015 to 24/10/2015 in Erlangen

The flyer for the event can be found here.

Workshop on the Topic “Islam and Media“, 16/04/2015 to 17/04/2015 in Erlangen

More information on the conference can be found here.

Workshop on the topic “Ambivalences of Islamic Norms between Religions Demands and German Law“ from 18/02/2015 to 20/02/2015

More information can be found here.

Workshop on the topic “Islam und Social Work”, 26/09/2014 to 27/09/2014 in Nuremberg

Diskussionsrunde im Rahmen der Tagung soziale Arbeit

More information can be found here.

Presentation: “The Quran as God’s Living Speech” by Prof. Dr. Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth in the course of the Workshop “Understanding Islam” on July 21, 2014

More information can be found here.

DIRS Joint Lecture Series: “Theology of Unity and Cultural Diversity”, summer term 2014

An overview on all the presentations of the joint lecture series can be found here.

Understanding the Quran – a Hermeneutical Workshop. Joint Lecture Series, summer term 2014

more information on the joint lecture series can be found here.

Workshop “Religiosity and Thinking Outside the Box”, 03/05/2014-04/05/2014 in Erlangen

The poster of the workshop can be found here.

Workshop on the Topic “Relevance of Faith-oriented Theories at Secular Universities”, April 9 2014, in Erlangen

The workshop poster can be found here.

Talk by Prof. Dr. Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth on the Topic “Justice – an Islamic Theological Perspective”

The flyer for the event can be found here.

Summer School: The Bible in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions, 03/09/2013-05/09/2013

The program of the summer school can be found here.

Inaugural Lectures of Prof. Dr. El Kaisy-Friemuth and Prof. Dr. Reza Hajatpour, April 19, 2013

The invitations for the inaugural lectures can be found here.

Movie Screening: “Persepolis” as part of the Series “Orient in the Cinema” on January 15, 2013 in Erlangen

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