Oliver Leaman, "Is the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) a Useful Symbol of how Religions Become Modern?"

Roz and Ralph Halbert Endowment in Jewish Studies 

It is often claimed that the Jewish experience in recent Western societies presents a positive example of how a religious minority can successfully integrate in the local culture. By contrast, other minorities are accused of not integrating properly, or incompletely, and maintaining an antagonistic attitude to the West. The main reason is often taken to be the fact that the Jewish world went through an Englightenmnet experience in the nineteenth century or even earlier, and that this contrasts with what happened in the Islamic world, for example. This dichotomy will be explored and criticized, and the role of Englightenment ideas will be discussed in both Judaism and other religions. The aim will be to show how the interconnected concepts of reform, modernity and secular knowledge have played a significant role in a variety of religions and can play only a limited role in explaining human behaviour. 

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating. 

Date & Time
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street