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Mecca and Jerusalem

A radio program/podcast on
jewish-Muslim relations


With the help of a radio program/podcast (produced in cooperation with Hessischer Rundfunk), the project aimed to make research on Jewish-Muslim relations accessible to a broad and non-academic audience.

The aim was to address the increasing alienation between Jews and Muslims in Germany, which is being exacerbated by Islamophobia, Muslim anti-Semitism and the conflict in the Middle East. The project focused on the philosophical, cultural and political dimensions of Jewish-Muslim relations and the complex relationship from the perspective of Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies/Islamic Theology, Israel Studies and Middle East Studies.

At the same time, the podcast project aimed to create a platform for alternative academic voices to enrich the discourse within both communities.

The podcast "Mecca and Jerusalem" was part of the "Heidelberg Alliance for Jewish-Muslim Relations".


Dr. Johannes Becke, Professor of Israel and Middle East Studies

Dr. Frederek Musall, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and History of Ideas

Beyza Arslan, research assistant for the project

Jana Schilling, Research Assistant

Supported by

Joseph Süss Oppenheimer

A podcast on the historical personality of Joseph Süß Oppenheimer and how it was perceived


In this podcast, we would like to take a closer look at the historical personality of Joseph Süß Oppenheimer and how he was perceived. In discussions with experts, we want to find out who he was and why he became a scapegoat for ducal politics. We will also explore the history of his reception from then until today and ask why we should continue to engage with him.

The podcast is a project of the Chair of "History of the Jewish People" at the Heidelberg University of Jewish Studies. Responsible for the realization are: Rabb. Prof. Dr. Birgit Klein, Dr. Patrick Brooks, Hella Schröder-Senck and Dr. Désirée Schostak. The podcast was supported by the association "321-2021: 1700 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Deutschland e.V.", with funds from the Federal Ministry of the Interior and for Home Affairs.