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The Woolf Institute records many of its lectures. In addition to the recent lectures below, a further collection of video and audio-recordings are available to view and download on the University Streaming Media Service.

10 October 2016

Jewish-Christian Relations: Reflections from a European Theologian

Jewish-Christian Relations: Reflections from a European Theologian

On Tuesday 27th September Dr Edward Kessler gave a lecture to the International Council of Christians and Jews entitled: "Jewish-Christian Relations: Reflections from a European Theologian" at the Progressive Synagogue, Dublin.

 

9 May 2016

Christian Ministry in the Gulf - Reflections from a Christian Minister Living in Qatar

Christian Ministry in the Gulf - Reflections from a Christian Minister Living in Qatar

Rev Schwartz is the Venerable Archdeacon of the Gulf and has more than 30 years' experience living in the Gulf and the Middle East.  He offered reflections on the challenges facing Christian communities today, many of whom are growing dramatically whilst others are suffering from oppression and persecution.

9 February 2016

Omar Sayfo: 'What do animated cartoons tell us about Egypt's politics?'

Omar Sayfo: 'What do animated cartoons tell us about Egypt's politics?'

Omar Sayfo (University of Utrecht) spoke in the Muslim-Jewish Relations panel series on 9th February 2016.

Watch a section of his talk on animated cartoons and Egyptian politics.

29 January 2016

1656, Cromwell and the Readmission of Jews: Towards a Tolerant and Pluralist Society?

1656, Cromwell and the Readmission of Jews: Towards a Tolerant and Pluralist Society?

On 11th January 2016 the Woolf Institute held a conference at Sidney Sussex College to commemorate the 360th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell's readmission of Jews to Britain and Ireland in 1656.

Lectures from the Woolf Institute's Conference "1656, Cromwell and the Readmission of Jews: Towards a Tolerant and Pluralist Society?" Due to technical difficulties, we apologise that a video of one lecture was cut short.

Panel discussion.

29 October 2015

The Power of a Good Death

The Power of a Good Death

On 29th October Philip Lodge, Consultant in Palliative Care, Royal Free and Marie Curie, Hampstead, Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services at Barts Health NHS Trust and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Rabbi, New North London Synagogue met for a panel discussion on 'How do public health bodies and faith communities understand and enable
a 'good' death?' The discussion was chaired by Sughra Ahmed, Programmes Manager at the Woolf Institute .

26 October 2015

Trust in Religious Leadership

On Monday 26th October 2015 the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College Tim Winter, took part in a panel discussion entitled Trust in Religious Leadership at Clothworkers' Hall in London.

21 October 2015

Religion and Foreign Policy Seminar in Washington DC

Religion and Foreign Policy Seminar in Washington DC

With the US elections moving closer, Ed Kessler participated in a joint McCain and Woolf Institute seminar in Washington DC. He was joined by was joined by Hassan Abbas (Professor of International Security Studies, National Defense University), Shaun Casey (U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, State Department) and Farah Pandith (Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations) to discuss the role of religion in international affairs, particularly how it impacts societies who are experiencing conflict. The panel was chaired by Ambassador Kurt Volker (Executive Director, The McCain Institute).

8 June 2015

Trust in Business: A Woolf Institute Panel Event

Trust in Business: A Woolf Institute Panel Event

On Wednesday 27th May, a panel discussion Trust in Business was held at Barclays, Churchill Place, London. This was the second in a series of three panel discussions which aims to generate public discussion about how to restore trust in various areas of public life: trust in public life (Government and public institutions), trust in business, and trust in religious leadership. The panellists were Sir David Wright, former diplomat and Vice Chairman of Barclays, Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, KPMG Professor Emeritus of Management Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School, and Ed Williams, CEO of Edelman UK, the PR agency that produces the Trust Barometer annually. This was followed by a Q&A session with audience members moderated by Lord Ian Blair.

5 June 2015

Karen Armstrong Lecture: Compassion and Violence

Karen Armstrong Lecture: Compassion and Violence

On Sunday 19th April 2015, Professor Karen Armstrong delivered a lecture at the DICID Centre in Doha.

 

3 June 2015

Politics and the Religions in the UK: Interfaith Dialogue, Deliberative Democracy, and Government

Politics and the Religions in the UK: Interfaith Dialogue, Deliberative Democracy, and Government

On Thursday 30th April 2015, Professor Paul Hedges (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore University of Singapore) spoke on Politics and the Religions in the UK: Interfaith Dialogue, Deliberative Democracy, and Government.

 

13 February 2015

Active Women in the Shadow of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Reflections from the Summer of 2014

Active Women in the Shadow of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Reflections from the Summer of 2014

 

On Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 5pm, Samah Salaime Egbariya & Michal Barak will hold an open conversation at St John's College asking: how can women’s initiatives play a constructive role in advancing a political solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Why haven’t movements of women played a more prominent role in advancing a political solution in the past?

12 February 2015

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 4 (Lord Rowan Williams)

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 4 (Lord Rowan Williams)

The Woolf Institute recently held a public discussion: "Freedom to offend: a path to conflict?" with Sughra Ahmed, Dr Atif Imtiaz, Dr Edward Kessler, and Lord Rowan Williams.

 

11 February 2015

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 3 (Dr Atif Imtiaz)

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 3 (Dr Atif Imtiaz)

The Woolf Institute recently held a public discussion: "Freedom to offend: a path to conflict?" with Sughra Ahmed, Dr Atif Imtiaz, Dr Edward Kessler, and Lord Rowan Williams.

 

11 February 2015

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 2 (Dr Edward Kessler)

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 2 (Dr Edward Kessler)

The Woolf Institute recently held a public discussion: "Freedom to offend: a path to conflict?" with Sughra Ahmed, Dr Atif Imtiaz, Dr Edward Kessler, and Lord Rowan Williams.

 

11 February 2015

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 1 (Introduction)

Freedom to offend: a path to conflict? Part 1 (Introduction)

The Woolf Institute recently held a public discussion: "Freedom to offend: a path to conflict?" with Sughra Ahmed, Dr Atif Imtiaz, Dr Edward Kessler, and Lord Rowan Williams.

 

9 February 2015

Trust in Public Life

Trust in Public Life

On the 21st January 2015 the Woolf Institute held the first in a series of three panels discussing trust in British society. The panel-series has developed directly from our pan-European 3 year research project analysing how character and trustworthiness are assessed in different socio-economic contexts.

The Trust in Public Life panel was chaired by Lord Ian Blair, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, with panellists Lord Paul Bew – Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; Baroness Ruth Deech – academic, and current Chair of the Bar Standards Board; and Camilla Batmanghelidjh – charity leader, businesswoman and author.

10 December 2014

Austerity and Our Social Future: Roundtable 3 - Future Society

Austerity and Our Social Future: Roundtable 3 - Future Society

On 13 November 2014, Dr Christina Fuhr and Dr Shana Cohen held the Woolf Institute Roundtable day event entitled: Austerity and our Social Future. The event consisted of three roundtables addressing the following questions individually: (1) What are basic human needs and who should determine their meaning? (2) How ‘responsible’ should citizens be for themselves and each other?  (3) What kind of society do we want in the future?

10 December 2014

Austerity and Our Social Future: Roundtable 2 - Civic Responsibility

Austerity and Our Social Future: Roundtable 2 - Civic Responsibility

On 13 November 2014, Dr Christina Fuhr and Dr Shana Cohen held the Woolf Institute Roundtable day event entitled: Austerity and our Social Future. The event consisted of three roundtables addressing the following questions individually: (1) What are basic human needs and who should determine their meaning? (2) How ‘responsible’ should citizens be for themselves and each other?  (3) What kind of society do we want in the future?

10 December 2014

Austerity and Our Social Future: Roundtable 1 - Basic Needs

Austerity and Our Social Future: Roundtable 1 - Basic Needs

On 13 November 2014, Dr Christina Fuhr and Dr Shana Cohen held the Woolf Institute Roundtable day event entitled: Austerity and our Social Future. The event consisted of three roundtables addressing the following questions individually: (1) What are basic human needs and who should determine their meaning? (2) How ‘responsible’ should citizens be for themselves and each other?  (3) What kind of society do we want in the future?

10 December 2014

Austerity and Our Social Future: Introduction

Austerity and Our Social Future: Introduction

On 13 November 2014, Dr Christina Fuhr and Dr Shana Cohen held the Woolf Institute Roundtable day event entitled: Austerity and our Social Future. The event consisted of three roundtables addressing the following questions individually: (1) What are basic human needs and who should determine their meaning? (2) How ‘responsible’ should citizens be for themselves and each other?  (3) What kind of society do we want in the future?

9 November 2014

Playing and Praying? Sport and Religion in Britain today

Playing and Praying? Sport and Religion in Britain today

On Wednesday 22nd October the Woolf Institute held a panel event addressing Sport and Religion for the 2014 Festival of Ideas.

Panellists: Dr Edward Kessler - Executive Director of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge (Chair), Professor Michael Berkowitz – Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London, Dr Mahfoud Amara - Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management, Deputy Director of the Centre of Olympic Studies and Research School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Adrian Cassidy- Chief Coach for the Irish Olympic rowing team at London 2012, Omar Salha - Omar is a Nohoudh scholar in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the Founder of ‘Ramadan Tent’ and a member of Football Beyond Borders.

12 September 2014

Taking Difference Seriously Conference

Taking Difference Seriously Conference

From Thursday 19th - Saturday 22nd March the Woolf Institute, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, held a programme examining themes in religious education entitled Teaching from our own and others faiths.

Hosted at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, this programme provided an opportunity for US and UK teachers to participate in a series of visits, workshops and break-out groups, designed to help everyone enrich their experience of teaching and learning about and from world religions.

The programme culminated in the day conference Taking Difference Seriously.

 

 

12 September 2014

Interview with Mohammed Aziz

Interview with Mohammed Aziz

Interview with Mohammed Aziz, Director of the Centre for Policy and Public Education about the recent Teaching our own and others faiths conference, held in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

 

15 May 2014

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel Series: Cultural Interactions

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel Series: Cultural Interactions

Chaired and introduced by Yaron Peleg (University of Cambridge) the third and final panel in the Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel Series 2014 addresses cultural interactions and includes contributions from Michael Rand (University of Cambridge) and Charlotta Salmi (Queen Mary, University of London).

Muslim-Jewish Relations: Part III from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

26 March 2014

'Understanding Religious Diversity' a lecture from the Faith in Politics Conference

'Understanding Religious Diversity' a lecture from the Faith in Politics Conference

 

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Dr Edward Kessler delivers his address to the Faith and Politics Conference at Churchill College. In this lecture he introduces the theme "Understanding Religious Diversity" for further debate.

This video is linked with kind permission by the Churchill Archives Centre

Further videos from the conference can be accessed here.

 

24 March 2014

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel Series: Exploring Identity

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel Series: Exploring Identity

On Tuesday 25th February, the Woolf Institute and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies held the second lecture in the Muslim-Jewish Relations panel series. In this section Oskar Verkaaik (University of Amsterdam) examines the theme of identity through the anthropology of religious buildings.

Muslim-Jewish Relations: Part II from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

12 March 2014

Assessing the Impact of Interfaith Dialogue: Part II

Assessing the Impact of Interfaith Dialogue: Part II

On Tuesday 4th March, the Woolf Institute held the second lecture in the series Assessing the Impact of Interfaith Dialogue. This included contributions from Toby Howarth (Secretary for Inter-Religious Relations for the Church of England) and Adam Dinham (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Assessing the Impact of Interfaith Dialogue: Part II from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

25 November 2013

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel I: The World of Commerce and Trade

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel I: The World of Commerce and Trade

The first panel in the Muslim-Jewish Relations 2013 includes contributions from Esther-Miriam Wagner (Woolf Institute), Dotan Arad (Bar Ilan) and Jacob Norris (University of Sussex) and addresses the theme of "The World of Commerce and Trade".

Muslim-Jewish Relations Panel I: "The World of Commerce and Trade" from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

11 April 2013

Dr Edward Kessler: "Jewish-Christian Relations in light of Vatican II"

Dr Edward Kessler: "Jewish-Christian Relations in light of Vatican II"

Dr Edward Kessler MBE is the Founder and Executive Director of the Woolf Institute. To mark the Year of Faith and the recent anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, Dr Kessler addressed the Diocese of Salford on the theme of Jewish-Christian Relations in the light of the Second Vatican Council's document 'Nostra Aetata' (The Declaration on the Relations of the Church to non-Christian Religions).

Dr Edward Kessler on "Jewish-Christian Relations in light of Vatican II" from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

6 March 2013

Lord Jonathan Sacks: "Trust and Trustworthiness"

Lord Jonathan Sacks: "Trust and Trustworthiness"

On the 26th February 2013 Lord Jonathan Sacks, Former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, met and offered lectures on the theme of "Trust" organised by the Woolf Institute and the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. The Former Chief Rabbi's lecture, addressing the theme of "Trust and trustworthiness" is now available, including a reponse from Lord Rowan Williams.

 

Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on 'Trust and trustworthiness' from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

6 March 2013

Cardinal Koch: "Trust as the Basic Attitude in a Culture of Humanity"

Cardinal Koch: "Trust as the Basic Attitude in a Culture of Humanity"

On the 26th February 2013 the Woolf Institute was delighted to welcome Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. The Cardinal's visit was part of a day of events organized by the Woolf Institute in partnership with the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome and included a private meeting with Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

During the day, the Cardinal offered a lecture on "Trust as the Basic Attitude in a Culture of Humanity" to the Cambridge Theological Federation. This lecture was facilitated by the Woolf Institute's director Dr Edward Kessler and Father Philipp Renczes of the Cardinal Bea Centre.

To view the lecture in full please see here

To read the lecture in full please see here

4 December 2012

Professor Akbar Ahmed: Islam in America

Professor Akbar Ahmed: Islam in America

Visiting Fellow Ambassador Akbar Ahmed has been called "the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam" by the BBC. He has advised General David Petraeus, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and other US agencies on Islam and foreign policy. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including Discovering Islam, which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called "Living Islam". Following up on his critically acclaimed Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization, his latest project, based on extensive fieldwork, has resulted in a full length documentary, Journey into America, shown at several film festivals and the book, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (Brookings Press, July 2010).

Professor Akbar Ahmed on 'Islam in America' from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

4 December 2012

An Interview with Professor Akbar Ahmed

Visiting Fellow Ambassador Akbar Ahmed has been called "the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam" by the BBC. He has advised General David Petraeus, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and other US agencies on Islam and foreign policy. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including Discovering Islam, which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called "Living Islam". Following up on his critically acclaimed Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization, his latest project, based on extensive fieldwork, has resulted in a full length documentary, Journey into America, shown at several film festivals and the book, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (Brookings Press, July 2010).

An Interview with Prof. Akbar Ahmed from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

13 April 2012

An Interview wth Prof. Fred Astren

 

Fred Astren is Professor and Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. He holds a B.E.S. degree from the University of Minnesota with a specialization in medieval history and an MA in Arabic from UC Berkeley. Areas of research include minority/sectarian history and sacred history in the Mediterranean Middle Ages, with special focus on Jewish history under Islam, Jewish-Muslim relations, and the Karaite Jewish sect. He is currently writing a book on Jews in the Mediterranean of the early Middle Ages.

An Interview with Prof. Fred Astren from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

29 March 2012

HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal Address at the Conference Jews of Arab Culture 1948-2009

An international Conference was organized by the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR) and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies (Prof. Yasir Suleiman), University of Cambridge, under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal and supported by the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in Amman.
While the study of medieval and early modern Judaeo-Arabic culture & literature is a comparatively well established field in Western academia, there exists so far no comprehensive study of the more recent Arabic literature written by Jews. Central aspects of the last sixty years of Jewish-Arabic culture and literature have not yet been systematically surveyed and studied.

The conference attempted to fill this gap and explore various aspects of the process of 'De-Arabization' of the literary culture of "Arab Jews" since the 1940s. How did Jews (Jewish writers) who emigrated to Israel from different parts of the Arab world react or even resist this transformational process and how did it impact on the Palestinian literature?

HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal Address at the Conference Jews of Arab Culture 1948-2009 from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

28 March 2012

Dr Nathan Abrams - A Portrait

On the 12th October, Director of Graduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Bangor University, Dr Nathan Abrams, delivered a plenary lecture entitled 'Menschlikayt vs Goyim Naches': Jewish/non-Jewish values in Contemporary Cinema'. Dr Abrams has written widely on transatlantic Jewish film, history, politics and popular culture with specific reference to the United States and the United Kingdom. His current research falls into three key areas: Jews, Jewishness and Judaism in Popular Culture, 1990-present; Public Intellectuals and American Culture; and European Jewish Diasporas. His recent publications include: The New Jew in Film: exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (London: I.B.Tauris, 2010) and Caledonian Jews: A Study of Seven Small Communities in Scotland (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009).

Dr Nathan Abrams - A Portrait from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

16 March 2012

An Interview with Prof. Norman Stillman

Norman A. Stillman is the Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History at the University of Oklahoma, and is an internationally recognized authority on the history and culture of the Islamic world and on Sephardi and Oriental Jewry. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles in several languages. His book, The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times (Philadelphia, 1991), a sequel to his highly acclaimed The Jews of Arab Lands: a History and Source Book (Philadelphia, 1979), was nominated for the National Jewish book award. In collaboration with his late wife, Yedida Kalfon Stillman, Professor Stillman published an English edition of Samuel Romanelli’s 17th-century Hebrew classic, Travail in an Arab Land, University of Alabama Press (1989). He also finished editing her book, Arab Dress: a Short History, which appeared in 2000 and has just come out in a third revised edition. He is currently the executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Leiden and Boston, 2010) and was editor of the AJS Review, the journal of the Association for Jewish Studies from 1989-1999.

An Interview with Prof. Norman Stillman from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

14 March 2012

An Interview with Prof. Sarah Stroumsa

Sarah Stroumsa, the Alice and Jack Ormut Professor of Arabic Studies, teaches in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature and the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, where she currently serves as the Rector of the University. Her area of academic focus includes the history of philosophical and theological thought in Arabic in the early Islamic Middle Ages, Medieval Judaeo-Arabic literature, and intellectual history of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain. Among her published works: The Beginnings of the Maimonidean Controversy in the East: Yosef Ibn Shimon’s Silencing Epistle (Jerusalem: Ben Zvi Institute, 1999; [Hebrew]) Freethinkers of Medieval Islam: Ibn al-Rawandi, Abu Bakr al-Razi, and Their Impact on Islamic Thought (Leiden: Brill, 1999); and Maimonides in his World: Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker (Princeton Princeton University, 2010).

An Interview with Prof. Sarah Stroumsa from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

13 March 2012

Dr Camilla Adang - Portrait

Dr Adang is a Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Tel Aviv University where she has previously held the Chair. Dr Adang is researching relations between Muslims and Jews in the Islamic West as reflected in the works of Abu'l-Qasim al-Burzulī (d. 841/1438) and his predecessors. The aim of this project is to analyze all passages from al-Burzulī's work that reflect the interaction between Muslims and Jews (the latter are often subsumed under the more general category of People of the Book). Among the topics addressed in the fatwās are ritual purity, marriage, conversion, the swearing of oaths, taxation and litigation at the Muslim court. Dr Adang's work is part of a broader monograph project aimed at looking at legal cases involving Jews and Christians in the medieval Andalusian and North African contexts.

Dr Camilla Adang - Portrait from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

2 March 2012

Interview with Rev Dr Toby Howarth

Interview with Rev Dr Toby Howarth

On the 22nd November, the Revd Dr Toby Howarth visited the Woolf Institute to deliver a reflection on 'Perspectives on Mission in 21st Century Britain'. This seminar marked the launch of the Lambeth-Jewish Forum document: Jews and Christians: Perspectives on Mission, a document produced under the auspices of the Lambeth-Jewish Forum, a joint initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Interfaith office and the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations.

Interview with Rev Dr Toby Howarth from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

19 February 2012

Archbishop Nichols - Lecture "God in the City"

Archbishop Nichols - Lecture "God in the City"

On Wednesday the 8th February, Archbishop Vincent Nichols delivered a Woolf Institute public lecture on the subject of 'God in the City'. Reflecting on the theme of the common good, the Archbishop remarked that "one of the significant features of our times is the profound desire to foster and benefit from genuine dialogue between our religious beliefs and traditions. This desire is shaped not only by the evident need for our society to find a sound ethical basis on which to build, not only the need to generate in society those values which lead to generous, selfless service, but also out of the religious conviction that the one eternal God graces our world in many ways. It is in response to that graciousness, that gratuity, that we, in our turn, offer to each other a warmth and a respect which motivates us to explore together, to study together and together serve the cause of human flourishing".

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster delivering the Lecture 'God in the City' from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

16 February 2012

Interview with Archbishop Nichols

On Wednesday the 8th February, Archbishop Vincent Nichols delivered a Woolf Institute public lecture on the subject of 'God in the City'. An interview with the Archbishop was conducted by the academic staff at the Woolf Institute on themes such as: the future of Jewish-Christian relations, 'key issues' in Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations, the contribution of faith based social action and the role of 'trust' today.

Interview with the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

6 February 2012

DIVERSITY ISSUES IN END OF LIFE CARE

DIVERSITY ISSUES IN END OF LIFE CARE

This one-day course offers participants an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to engage confidently with patients and their families in conversations about end of life care in cases affected by religious beliefs and practices. Using the examples of Islam and Judaism, this course gives an understanding of what it means to have a religious worldview.
By working through case studies drawn from a broad range of clinical settings, participants will develop the necessary skills and understanding required to offer the best end of life care to patients from different religious backgrounds.

An introduction to the video can be found here.

Definition of Death Session from the course 'Diversity in End of Life Care: a Muslim/Jewish Case Study' from Woolf Institute on Vimeo

 

 

 

15 September 2011

An Interview with A-J Levine

A-J Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and, as of May 2011, an Affiliated Professor at the CJCR.

 

Interview with Prof A-J Levine from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

31 August 2011

Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter

Dr Yousef Meri, Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, delivering the Induction session of the course Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter. The course is offered by the American University Washington in partnership with the Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

Bridging the Great Divide - Induction Session with Dr Yousef Meri from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

8 March 2011

Professor Simon Schama speaking on The Difficulties of Toleration: Jews amidst Christians & Muslims

Professor Simon Schama speaking on The Difficulties of Toleration: Jews amidst Christians & Muslims

On the 8 March 2011 at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, the Woolf Institute had the honour of welcoming Professor Simon Schama as a guest lecturer. Professor Simon Schama delivered a talk to an audience of more than a hundred people on the Difficulties of Toleration on: Jews amidst Christians and Muslims.

Professor Simon Schama speaking on The Difficulties of Toleration: Jews amidst Christians and Muslims from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

24 June 2010

AUDIO: Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia

AUDIO: Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia

"Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia" was a CMJR highlight lecture given by Dr Navras Jaat Aafreedi, a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations in 2010.

Listen to the lecture here.

28 May 2010

AUDIO: Jews of Arab Culture

AUDIO: Jews of Arab Culture

Jews of Arab Culture was an international conference organized by the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR) and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies (Prof. Yasir Suleiman), University of Cambridge, under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal and supported by the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in Amman.

Listen to the conference proceedings here.

26 May 2010

Session II: Academic Approaches to Life and Death

Session II of Conference 'Life and Death in Judaism and Islam', St Edmund's College Cambridge

The Conference was organized by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS) and the Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR).

Title: Academic Approaches to Life and Death in Judaism and Islam
Chair: Dr Navras Afreedi, Research Fellow, CMJR
With: Dr Hossein Godazgar and Dr Simon Dein

 

Session II Academic Approaches to Life and Death in Judaism and Islam from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

26 May 2010

Session I: Medical Practices at the end of life in Judaism and Islam

Session I of Conference 'Life and Death in Judaism and Islam', St Edmund's College Cambridge

The Conference was organized by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS) and the Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR)

Title: Medical Practice at the end of life in Judaism and Islam
Chair: Dr Keith S Taber, Faculty of English, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
With: Prof. David Katz and Dr Aiman Alzetani

 

Session I 'Medical Practices at the end of life in Judaism and Islam' from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

26 May 2010

Session IV: End-of-life Issues and Chaplaincy

Session IV of Conference 'Life and Death in Judaism and Islam', St Edmund's College Cambridge
The Conference was organized by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS) and the Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR): End-of-life Issues and Chaplaincy
Chair: Reverend Anne Aldridge (President of the College of Health Care Chaplains and Anglican Assistant Chaplain at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge). With: Imam Yunus Dudwhalla, Multifaith Manager and Chaplain at Newham University Hospital, London and Rabbi Amanda Golby, Chaplain at Southport District General Hospital, and Nottingham University Hospital.

Session IV: End-of-life Issues and Chaplaincy from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

26 May 2010

Session III: Religious Insights into Life and Death

Session III of Conference 'Life and Death in Judaism and Islam', St Edmund's College Cambridge
The Conference was organized by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS) and the Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR)
Chair: Reverend Andrew Brown (Minister of the Unitarian Church and Unitarian and Free Christian Chaplain, Cambridge)
With: Rabbi David Hulbert, Rabbi to a Jewish community on the north-eastern fringes of London. Eight years ago, together with Imam Fahim, he founded the East London Three Faiths Forum, and Imam Mohammed Fahim, Imam at South Woodford Mosque, Essex

Session III: Religious Insights into Life and Death from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

14 April 2010

AUDIO: Contextualising Theology: The Training of Jewish and Muslim Leaders in the UK

AUDIO: Contextualising Theology: The Training of Jewish and Muslim Leaders in the UK

Seminar organised by the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations at the Woolf Institute. The Speakers were Dr Ataullah Siddiqui, Academic Director, and Reader in Religious Pluralism and Inter-Faith Relations at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education in Leicester & Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, Principal of Leo Baeck College (London). The Seminar took place on Thursday 25th March 2010.

Listen to the seminar here.

22 July 2009

AUDIO: Concert By Yair Dalal

AUDIO: Concert By Yair Dalal

A concert given by Yair Dalal as a part of the "Jews of Arab Culture" Conference. The programme took place on 22nd June 2009 at Wesley House and was introduced by Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad of the University of Cambridge.

Listen to the concert here.

20 July 2009

Interview with Rachel Shabi

Shabi was born in Israel to Iraqi Jewish parents and later raised in England. A journalist, she has written for a variety of national and international newspapers such as the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Independent on Sunday, English Al-Jazeera online, the National, Jane’s and Salon.com. For the past three years she has been based in Israel and reporting on the Middle East conflict.

Interview with Rachel Shabi from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

20 July 2009

Interview with Dr Avihai Shivtiel

Avihai Shivtiel was born in Palestine (Israel). He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he read Arabic language and literature, Islamic studies and Hebrew language and linguistics, towards the degrees of B.A. and M.A (1971). In addition he taught Arabic at the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University. Between 1972-1978 he taught Hebrew and Arabic at Cambridge University where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics. In 1979 he moved to Leeds University where he taught Semitic languages, literatures and cultures and served as the head of the Department of Semitic Studies and later Arabic studies. Concurrently, he also worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Taylor-Shechter Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge university until his full retirement in 2007. His publications include over 150 books, articles, reviews and entries for the three Encyclopaedias of Islam, Language and Linguistics and Arabic Language and Linguistics.

Interview with Avihai Shivtiel from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

20 July 2009

Interview with Dr Richard Stone

Dr Richard Stone, who is a Patron of the Woolf Institute, was on the panels of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, and of the 2003/04 David Bennett Inquiry into the death of a Black patient in a medium secure psychiatric hospital in Norwich. He was previously senior partner in a five-doctor group practice in Notting Hill and Bayswater,Central London. Vice-chair of the Runnymede Trust he spent 6 years on its Islamophobia Commission, from 2000 to ’04 as chair. He is President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, and founder and co-chair of Alif-Aleph UK, a group of British Muslims & British Jews.

In 2008 he generously donated £1 million to the Woolf Institute to help establish the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations and since this interview he has in 2010 been awarded an OBE for his public and voluntary service.

Interview with Dr Richard Stone from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

20 July 2009

Interview with Attalah Mansour

Atallah Mansour is the only Arab-Christian to become a member of the editorial board of a major Israeli newspaper. He was also the first to write in Hebrew for Haaretz and the first to publish a novel in Hebrew. He was born in Al-Jish, Safad S/D, Palestine in 1934 and was a refugee in the first school for Palestinian students in Al Mokhtarah,Lebanon (1948-49). He is a graduate of Ruskin College, Oxford (1973).

Interview with Atallah Mansour from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

30 May 2009

Interview with HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan

Prince El-Hassan bin Talal is the son of King Talal and Queen Zein al-Sharaf. He is the brother of the late King Hussein, Crown Prince from 1965 to 1999 and is uncle to the present King Abdullah II of Jordan. He was educated first in Amman. He then attended Summer Fields School, then Harrow School in England as well as Christ Church, Oxford University, where he received a BA Hons in Oriental Studies followed by an MA. In 2008 he was awarded the Abraham Geiger Award for his achievements as a voice for global sustainability, reconciliation and interreligious understanding. He is a patron of the Woolf Institute.

 

Interview with HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

1 January 2009

An Interview with Sasson Somekh

Sasson Somekh was born in Baghdad to a secular Jewish family. In 1951, Somekh and his family immigrated to Israel in the wake of growing pressures on the Jews of Iraq to leave the country. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Hebrew Language and History from Tel Aviv University, and a Master's degree in Linguistics of Semitic languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1962-1965, Somekh served as scientific secretary of the Academy of the Hebrew Language. He did his doctorate at Oxford University in 1966-1968. He served as chairman of the Arabic Language and Literature department at Tel Aviv University in 1972-1984. In 1980, he became a full professor. Between 1982-2003, he held the Helmos Chair for Arabic Literature. In 1996-1998 he was head of the Israel Academic Center in Cairo. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University, St Antony's College, Oxford, Annenberg Research Institute, NYU and Uppsala University. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate from Ben Gurion University.

Interview with Prof Sasson Somekh from Woolf Institute on Vimeo.

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