Governing holy grounds: Approaches toward managing and regulating religious sites in Israel and Palestine


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 3:30pm

This talk will examine varying approaches to the management and regulation of holy places in Israel and Palestine, emphasizing current approaches to controlling such sites by the Israeli authorities, and also consider various legal sources related to the regulation of holy sites, including the Status Quo that emerged from firmans issued during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. More current topics such as the Temple Mount and the matter of holy places in the Old City of Jerusalem also shall be discussed.

Dr. Hammer is currently the David and Andrea Stein Visiting Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Arizona. He is an adjunct professor at The Hebrew University’s Rothberg School, serves as the Academic Director to Shurat HaDin, and works as an International Expert for the Open Society Institute. His most recent publication, a co-edited book, is Sacred Space in Israel and Palestine: Religion and Politics. He lectures in the fields of public international law and international human rights and has published books, articles, and chapters pertaining to these areas. He has received a number of fellowships and grants to conduct research on international law, freedom of religion and conscience, migrant workers, and holy places.

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Visiting professor of Modern Israel Studies

MENAS Colloquium Series
Spring 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012
3.30pm in Marshall 490