A forum with Harald Asel – young, religious, committed

Discussion with Dalia Grinfeld, Sophia Quien-Parimbelli, Yunus Güllü and Prof. Dr. Michael Borgolte

In their everyday lives, young Jews, Muslims and Christians face contemporary problems, and yet still sense a connection to traditions which go back centuries. How do they play their part – both within their own religious communities and in relation to one another? This will be the topic of the discussion led by Harald Asel at 7.00 pm on 11 January 2018 in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

The exhibition currently running in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, “Jews, Christians and Muslims. Scientific Discourse in the Middle Ages 500-1500”, tells the story of the close interweaving of scientific curiosity and religious convictions over the centuries, as well as of the dialogue and disagreement that took place on the path to finding the truth. One of the key spiritual centres in this period for the exchange of ideas and opinions was the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. Scholars from different religions met up here to move ahead with scientific progress. And what about today?

On the one hand, there is something similar taking place in Berlin at present – Jews, Christians and Muslims are building a house together. The House of One is a place where people of different religions can meet up, get to know one another and exchange ideas and experiences. As a place to “praise the difference” (Navid Kermani), people here come together with a common goal.

On the other, when it comes to religiously-motivated conflict, it is often the case that individual Christians, Jews and Muslims are asked to provide statements as representatives of their religion, and are required to explain and justify their beliefs – at school, at university or in their professional lives. There is often a wide gap between the way others label the religion in question and one's own personal perception. It is for this reason that we do not ask our podium guests to speak for millions of other believers, but rather to present their own experiences – how do they get along with people of their own age in a society that tends towards secularism? How are the interests of their generation changing in their respective religious communities? For many people nowadays, religion is considered a private matter. What does this mean for our own involvement? In such a setting, where can they seek out closeness of others with the same beliefs as themselves, where can they consciously try to establish contact with others? And what is new about this?

Discussion with

  • Dalia Grinfeld
    President of the German Jewish Students' Unions (JSUD)
  • Sophia Quien-Parimbelli
    Representative of EJBO – Protestant Youth for Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia
  • Yunus Güllü
    Chairman of JUMA (young, Muslim, active)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Borgolte
    Emeritus Professor for Medieval History at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and founding representative of the Institute for Islamic Theology

An event organised by the Martin-Gropius-Bau in collaboration with the House of One and Inforadio (rbb).

Tickets & Dates

A forum with Harald Asel – young, religious, committed


Martin-Gropius-Bau, Cinema


Free admission


  • Thu 11 Jan 2018, 19:00