Prof. Dr. Frederek Musall

Prof. Dr. Frederek Musall is a professor for Jewish Philosophy at Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies, Germany. From 1994-2000 he studied Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies/Arabic Philology, Semitic Philology, and Comparative Study of Religion in Heidelberg and Jerusalem; PhD thesis on the medieval Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides and Hasday Crescas under supervision of Prof. Dr. Yossef Schwartz (The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas, Tel Aviv University) and Prof. Dr. Raif Georges Khoury (Islamic Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg).

Since 2009 he is chair for Jewish Philosophy and Intellectual History the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies and program director of the international M. A. program “Jewish Civilizations” in cooperation with Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden.

He is deputy chairman of the scientific advisory board of and trust lecturer of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund (ELES) and board member of the scientific Advisory Board for the Institute of Islamic Studies Mannheim (IFIS).

Furthermore he is active various inter-religious initiatives, e.g. he is a member of the planning and organizing committee of DialoguePerspectives, executive board member of the Association ‘Jews and Christians’ at the German-Protestant Kirchentag (DEKT); member of the Jewish-Muslim Forum of W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; and member of the planning and organizing committee of the “Jüdische-Muslimische Kulturtage” in Heidelberg.

His areas of expertise and research interests are Jewish philosophical, theological and mystical thought (particularly in relation to Islamic-Arabic intellectual traditions); Political thought in Judaism; History of Jews in the Arab world; Sefardic history; Jewish identity; Jewish pop culture; Visual Culture Studies; Sociology of knowledge; Methodology in Jewish Studies.

At DialoguePerspectives he has been on the program for many years giving lectures and impulses to a variety of different topics.


Philosophie und Religion – ein spannungsreiches Verhältnis?, in: Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland (ed.) Perspektiven jüdischer Bildung: Diskurse – Erkenntnisse – Positionen, Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich Verlag 2017, pp. 47-53.

Jüdische Philosophie, in: Martin Breul & Aaron Langenfeld (eds.): Kleine Philosophiegeschichte: Eine Einführung für das Theologiestudium. Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh/UTB 2017, pp. 78-88.

Philosophie aus der Sicht von Said Nursis: Das „12.“ und „30.“ Wort, in: Martin Riexinger & Bülent Uçar (eds.), Ein traditioneller Gelehrter stellt sich der Moderne: Said Nursi (1876-1960). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2017, pp. 41-50.

Christentum ist Götzendienst (?): Einige Anmerkungen zu Moses Maimonides’ Haltung zum Christentum in ihrem kulturgeschichtlichen Kontext, in: Jehoschua Ahrens/Karl-Hermann Blickle/David Bollag/Johannes Heil (eds.) Hin zu einer Partnerschaft von Juden und Christen: Die Erklärung orthodoxer Rabbiner zum Christentum, Berlin: Metrolpol-Verlag 2017, pp. 90-106.


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Felix, DialoguePerspectives alumnus