The manual for Jewish-Muslim dialogue in German: „Und endlich konnten wir reden..“ (“Finally, we were able to talk..“) was published on December 7th 2020 (Herder Publishing).
In concise 140 pages the book combines theoretical approaches with practical strategies for implementing Jewish-Muslim dialogue formats, handling and utilising disagreements in a productive manner and proposing a step-by-step concept for organising and running events in this field.
In our manual, the attributes „Jewish“ and „Muslim“ are never used to describe (only) a religious affiliation, but are (also) understood as a form of cultural belonging, a historical background informed by specific and individual customs, and concrete daily practices, among other things.
The German thinktank Karov-Qareeb, which was initiated in 2019 under the auspices of the Jewish scholarship fund Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) and the Muslim scholarship fund Avicenna-Studienwerk, is a safe space for coming together, discussing and empowering all participants who strive to work and develop new approaches to the crucial Muslim-Jewish dialogue.
The manual was edited by Rachel de Boor, Sonya Ouertani, Hakan Tosuner and Jo Frank.
Contributors are Frederek Musall, Larissa Zeigerer, Hani Mohseni, Cecilia Haendler, Gil Shohat and Liora Jaffe.
On February 4th 2021, the book was presented and discussed in an online booklaunch (in German), chaired by Berlin’s Senator for Culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lederer. Panelists were Rachel de Boor, Sonya Ouertani, and Gil Shohat.
˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.
Felix, DialoguePerspectives participant