Long Night of World Religions 2023

The freedom to dis

The freedom to dissent – Religion, violence and tolerance / Long Night of World Religions 2023
© Stefan Marx
scenic installation
Matthias Günther
Nadin Schumacher


Shahin Sheikho
Daniella Preap
Valeriia Hereha
Çağlar Yiğitoğulları

Hartmut El Kurdi („PopUpGott und die Welt“)

Manuel Scheidegger („Denken und Toleranz“)

Tahini (Thomas Yang de Pfeiffer, Nicholas Morales, José Morales und Hicham El Makdouri) & O'shane

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Maier (Professor of General Religious Studies and European History of Religions, author of “Die Ordnung des Himmels”)
Prof.in Dr. Dina El Omari (Professor of Intercultural Religious Education at the University of Münster)
Prof Dr. Regina Elsner (Research associate at the Centre for Eastern European and International Studies in Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Simon (Professor of Social Psychology and Political Psychology at the CAU Kiel)
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Manemann (Director of the Research Institute for Philosophy Hanover)
Prof. Dr. Tatjana Jesch (Professor of Modern German Literature and its Didactics in Freiburg)

Dr. Christiane Florin (Deutschlandfunk)

School project
Pupisl of Stadtteilschule Blankenese „Theaterkurs der Oberstufe 12. und 13. Klasse“ play „Wenn es auf dem Mond steht, muss es ja wahr sein.“
Coaches: Catharina Boutari, Kerstin Hähnel


Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Veltri (Akademie der Weltreligionen)

Joachim Lux

Examples abound of religions or religious figures condoning or practising violence. Just think of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow giving his blessing to the Russian invasion of Ukraine; the man who stabbed the author Salman Rushdie because of the fatwa against him; the death of the young Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini after she was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for not wearing her hijab in the manner dictated by the government; the revelations of countless new cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Religious ideologues use the Bible, the Koran and other holy books to legitimise radical interpretations and shield them from any questioning. That can lead to believers, unbelievers and religious dissidents being attacked in the name of God. ‘When religion turns men into murderers, God weeps,’ wrote the British philosopher, theologian and politician Jonathan Sacks. We live in an increasingly polarised society. But if we can keep on talking to people who think differently, then perhaps we can overcome our worst inclinations and live together in peace.

12th FebruarY, 6 pm , Thalia Theater
Admission 7 – 31 €
Duration 3:30h, with intermission
In German


In cooperation with the Akademie der Weltreligionen der Universität Hamburg and Deutschlandfunk

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