CONF: “Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law” at the Harvard Law School (Nov. 28 and 29)

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The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School and The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University will be co-hosting an international academic conference, “Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law,” to be held in Milstein East, Wasserstein Hall at the Harvard Law School (1585 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138), on November 28-29, 2017.

Tuesday, November 28, 12:00pm-6:00pm
WCC, Milstein East, Room A-B
Harvard Law School
1585 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Noah Feldman, Opening Remarks

12:30-2:15pm - Session 1: History I
Joseph Patrich, “From Restoration to Destruction: 600 years of the Second Jewish Temple”
Beatrice St. Laurent, “Unity in Diversity: Inclusiveness and Globalization in Early Islamic Jerusalem Reflected in the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al-Sharif (638-680)”
Suleiman Mourad, “Al-Haram al-Sharif of Jerusalem in the Muslim Historical Consciousness”

2:15pm-2:30pm - Break

2:30-3:15pm - Keynote Address 1
Moshe Halbertal, “Sovereignty and the Sacred: Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif”

3:15pm-3:30pm - Break

3:30pm-4:30pm - Session 2: Religious Consciousness
Robert O. Smith, "Christian Zionism, the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, and the Contemporary Theopolitics of Jerusalem”
David Cook, “The Haram al-Sharif and Topographical Eschatology”

4:30pm-4:45pm - Break

4:45pm-5:45pm - Session 3: History II
Jodi Magness, “Why is Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Sacred?”
Jonathan Rubin, “From Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock to Templum Domini and Palatium Salomonis: The Temple Mount in the Frankish Period”

Wednesday, November 29
WCC, Milstein East, Room C
Harvard Law School
1585 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Noah Feldman, Opening Remarks

9:15am-11:00am - Session 4: Activism
Sarina Chen, “To Challenge and to Obey: The Double Role of Israeli Women in Temple Mount Activist Groups”
Ali Abu Al-Awar, “Al-Aqsa Murabitat’s Accomplishments in the Political and Gender Levels”
David Landes and Assaf Harel, “Freedom of Worship: The Use of Human Rights Discourse by Jewish Temple Mount Activists”

11:00am-11:15am - Break

11:15am-12:30pm - Session 5: Status Quo?
Yitzhak Reiter, “The Dynamics of Status Quo at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif”
Omar M. Dajani, “'Touching the Holy': How Palestinians Negotiated Jerusalem”

12:30pm-2:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm-2:45pm - Keynote Address 2
Wasfi Kailani, “The Hashemite King's Role and Status at Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif, 1917-2017”

2:45pm-4:45pm - Session 6: Representation
Maymanah Farhat, “The Dome of the Rock in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Arab Art”
Heather Coffey, “Sustaining Vectors of Sacrality in Images of the Prophet's Ascension (Mi‘raj)”
Pamela Berger, "The Dome of the Rock as Image of the Temple of Solomon"
Maya Balakirsky Katz, “Scaling the Divide: Architectural Scale Models of the Jerusalem Temple”

Noah Feldman, Closing Remarks

Menachem Butler 
Program Coordinator
Jewish Legal Studies
Harvard Law School

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