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Annual Conference, 2005-2006

The Ten Commandments and their Appropriations in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


Conference Introduction
Charles Cohen, Professor of History and Religious Studies, and Director, LISAR, and Leonard Kaplan, Mortimer M. Jackson Professor of Law, UW-Madison


Session 1 - Sinai and Revelation
Chair: Cynthia Miller, Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Studies,
    and LISAR, UW-Madison

Benjamin Sommer, Associate Professor of Religion and Director, Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
    "Conflicting Conceptions of Sinaitic Revelation in the Hebrew Bible"
Theodore Jennings, Professor, Chicago Theological Seminary
    "Justice and/or Law; Reason and/or Revelation"


Session 2 - Commands and Commandments
Chair: Asifa Quraishi, Assistant Professor of Law, and LISAR UW-Madison

Robert Gibbs, Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
    "Repetition and the Law"
Elizabeth Mensch, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Law, SUNY Buffalo
    "The Problem of Law and Grace"
Michael Carter, Professor of Arabic, Sydney University
    "The Commands of God in the Quran as a Problem of Pragmatic Linguistics"
Hon. John Noonan, Judge, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    "The Ten Commandments and Slavery" (via teleconferencing)


Session 3 - The Decalogue and Nomos
Chair: Kevin Kelly, Assistant Dean, School of Law, UW-Madison

Lenn Goodman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
    "Law, Morals, and Spirit in the Ten Commandments"
Carl Rasmussen, Boardman Law Firm, Madison
    "The Law (Nomos) in St. Paul: Reflections on Some Lectures by Jacob Taubes"
Sebastian Gunther, Associate Professor of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
    "The Ten Commandments and the Quran"

H.E., Dr. Mustafa CericPlenary Address: His Eminence, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia
"The Ten Commandments as a Basis for a Meaningful Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue

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Session 4 - Images and Graven Images
Chair: Manucher Javid, UW-Madison School of Medicine, Emeritus

Steven Wilf, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut
    "Broken Tablets, Destruction, Legal Iconography, and Sites of Memory in Jewish Law"
Lee Wandel, Professor of History, UW-Madison
    "Calvin and Idolatry"
Lawrence Rosen, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University
    "Graven Images in Islam"
Liyakat Takim, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Denver
    "The Ten Commandments in Islamic Exegetical Literature: A Comparative Perspective"


Session 5 - The Ten Commandments in the Public Square
Chair: Ann Althouse, Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor of Law, UW-Madison

Jerome Copulsky, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Director, Judaic Studies, Virginia Tech
    "The Ten Commandments and American Civil Religion"
Lesleigh Cushing, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies, Colgate University
    "Contemporary American Appropriations of the Ten Commandments"
John Thatamanil, Assistant Professor of Theology, Vanderbilt University
    "Against Heteronomy: Some Tillichian Reflections on The Ten Commandments in Public Life"


Session 6 - The Decalogue Reconsidered
Chair: David Morgan, Professor of History, Director, Middle East Studies, and LISAR, UW-Madison

Nabil Matar, Professor of English and Head, Humanities and Communication Department, Florida Institute of Technology
    "Islam and the Abrahamic Legacy"
John Welch, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University
    "The Completeness and Incompleteness of the Ten Commandments: LDS Appropriations"
David Smolin, Professor of Law, and Director, Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics, Samford University
    "The Capacity of the Ten Commandments to Serve as a Unifying Symbol"
Leonard Kaplan and Charles Cohen, Closing Remarks

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