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Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden is a non-denominational academic framework that was established in 2000 with funding from the Swedish government.
Dedicated to the revival of Jewish culture in Europe, Paideia educates leaders for Europe - academicians, artists and community activists - towards fluency in the Jewish textual sources that have served as the wellsprings of Jewish civilization.
In renewing interpretation of Jewish text, Paideia is reviving a European Jewish voice long silenced by Communism and post-Holocaust trauma - a voice that can contribute to a culturally rich and pluralistic Europe.

Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture 2015. Mona Siddiqui: “Love and Law in Christianity and Islam”

The Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture is a yearly event to honor the memory of Krister Stendahl, bishop in Stockholm 1984-1988 and Professor at the Divinity School at Harvard University. The lecture series is a cooperation between the Center for Religious Dialogue in Stockholm and Paideia.

Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her research areas are within Islamic law, and she is a frequent writer and speaker on Christian-Muslim topics.

The Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture is a yearly event to honor the memory of Krister Stendahl, bishop in Stockholm 1984-1988 and Professor at the Divinity School at Harvard University. Bishop Stendahl was also a member of Paideia’s board of trustees. The lecture series is a cooperation between the Center for Interfaith Dialogue, run by the Stockholm Diocese of the Church of Sweden.

Previous speakers have been Mary C BoysImam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Diana L Eck, Susannah Heschel, Rabbi David Rosen and Paul Knitter.

Mona Siddiqui is the first Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She previously headed the Centre for the Study of Islam in Glasgow. Her research areas are within Islamic law, and she is a frequent writer and speaker on Christian-Muslim topics. Mona’s most recent publications include My Way: A Muslim Woman’s Journey, Christians, Muslims and Jesus and The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology. She is very engaged in interfaith dialogue and has been bestowed with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her work. She is a frequent contributor on BBC Radio, The Times, The Scotsman, The Guardian and the Sunday Herald.


Avigdor Shinan Public Lecture September 3, 2015

Why are there no Birth Stories about the Rabbis?

Prof. Avigdor Shinan is Professor of Hebrew Literature at Hebrew University. A world leading researcher in Rabbinical literature, his fields of research are the Midrashic and Aggadic literature, the Aramaic Translations of the Bible and the Jewish Prayer book. His list of publication contains more than 120 scholarly articles and 8 books.

The lecture is a cooperation between Paideia, the Forum for Jewish Studies at Uppsala University and the Department of Theology at Uppsala University.

Read the hand-out here: Birth Stories of the Rabbis


Yair Zakovitch Public Lecture at Paideia August 27, 2015

Why Don’t I Speak Swedish? The Story of the Tower of Babel

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Prof. Yair Zakovitch, Hebrew University

Prof. Yair Zakovitch’ primary research interests are the Bible as literature, biblical thought and ancient interpretation of the Bible. He has served as Head of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University, and also as its Dean of Humanities.


Get the reading material here: Why don’t I Speak Swedish.handout




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