- Art Education
On 31.8. and 1.9., together with the Gingko Foundation and the International Center for Comparative Theology and Social Issues (CTSI) from the University of Bonn, the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum hosted three events under the topic Interreligious Dialogue.
From a lecture with the multiple award-winning author Navid Kermani to a workshop on a medieval circumcision depiction from the museum's collection to a symposium on religious studies issues, it was a pleasure to host the open dialogue and experience the perspectives of different faiths.
To the two partners, all participants and guests, a big thank you!
Thursday 31 August 2023
3 pm - 4.30 pm – LECTURE: "Reflections on the Cross", Navid Kermani, Language: German (lecture), English (discussion)
Navid Kermani will read from his book "Ungläubiges Staunen" / "Wonder Beyond Belief". Ideas such as Muslim perspectives of Christ, the atonement, and the crucifixion will be explored.
5:00-6:00 pm – WORKSHOP: "Art as Host", Director Till-Holger Borchert, Language: English
The workshop takes as its focus a work of art from the collection of the museum, "The Circumcision of Infant Jesus". Created around 1450 by the Nuremberg-based Master of the Tucher-Altar, this fascinating artwork will be the starting point for an open-minded and mutually respectful exchange of ideas. By interpreting the work from the perspective of dif ferent faith traditions, a positive and encouraging space will be created for the workshop participants to engage with each other.
For conservation reasons, the original artwork cannot be shown in the lecture hall. After the workshop, there is the opportunity to look at the original artwork in the medieval exhibition until 6:30 pm.
Friday 1 September 2023
9:30 am-5:30 pm – SYMPOSIUM: "The Religious Other(s)", Language: English
Seven papers will be presented and discussed. Each of the scholars presenting a paper has been the recipient of
a research grant from the Gingko Foundation. Two papers are efforts of collaborative research.
1. The Return of the Others: The Politics of Teshuvah and Repentance in Late Antique and Contemporary Contexts
2. The Status of Ahl al-Kitāb “the religious other” in the Qur’ān and the early Islamic literature
3. Fraternity and pluralism: theological questions within the Catholic Church regarding the relationship with the religious other
4. Deliverance Ministry and Exorcism: Its Place in Islam and Christianity as we Engage with the Religious Other
5. Befriending the Religious Other in Islam: the consideration of emotions as the quintessential demarcation of deep platonic friendships
6. Mission & Conversion in Christianity and Islam: Implications for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa
7. Notions of Religious Pluralism in the Writings of Christian and Muslim Scholars: A Cross- Authored Perspective