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Holy Sites and Holy Wars in the Middle East

Holy Sites in the Middle Easta research symposium Arizona State Unviersity March 2-3, 2009

The relationship between holy sites, religion, political conflict, and violence has become a point of great interest and even urgency in scholarship and in the popular press alike. Much of the focus has been on the role of holy sites as catalysts to violent conflict. By bringing together scholars working on disparate aspects of holiness and conflict in the Middle East, this symposium seeks to combine such a focus with an attentiveness to the construction of often competing sacralities under situations of conflict, and the complexities involved in delineating the religious and the secular. Together, we will seek a deeper understanding of the relationship between religion and violent conflict as they intertwine with the construction of national identities and modern religiosities, paving the way ultimately to new insights into the roles played by processes of secularization and sacralization in shaping the modern itself.

Holy Sites and Holy Wars in the Middle East Research Symposium - Complete Program (PDF)

Law and the Politics of Holy Sites in the Middle East Free and open to the public. March 2 | 7:00 PM | University Club South Room Public Address Flyer (PDF)

Sponsored by: Jess Schwartz Memorial Professorship of Jewish Studies; Institute for Humanities Research With support from: Irivng and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism; Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict; School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies