16 May, 6:30pm, German Historical Insitute London

Dr Brian Klug (University of Oxford)

Dealing with Difference: Jews, Muslims and the British Left Today

The European Leo Baeck Lecture Series is organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

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Generally speaking, the British left has been on the side of the disadvantaged and the oppressed. For this reason, socialists, radicals and liberals have instinctively rallied to the cause of newcomers in an increasingly multicultural society. But circumstances have changed and the waters now are muddied. This lecture will explore the reasons why it is difficult for the left today, given its origins and orientations, to deal with Muslim and Jewish difference when that difference is asserted by Jews and Muslims themselves.

Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St Benet’s Hall,Oxford. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish and non-Jewish Relations,UniversityofSouthampton, and in summer 2012 was Visiting Scholar at the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding,UniversityofSouth Australia.

His latest two books are Being Jewish and Doing Justice (2011) and Offence: The Jewish Case (2009).

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London,17 Bloomsbury Square,LondonWC1A 2NJand begin at 6.30pm.

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

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