Department of IR |Monsoon Lecture Series| Guest Session #12 on “Is it Jerusalem or Jerusalems? : The Centrality of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” by Prof P R Kumaraswamy | 19th November, Tuesday | AC 02 LT 110
November 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
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The Department of International Relations invites you to its twelfth event of the Monsoon Seminar Series 2019 on 19th November 2019. Prof P R Kumaraswamy is delivering a guest session on “Is it Jerusalem or Jerusalems? : The Centrality of the Arab-Israeli Conflict”.
Abstract: The city of Jerusalem is holy and sacrosanct to the Abrahamic faiths, namely, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Some of the critical events in these monotheist religions are associated with the city. Over the centuries, the political importance of the city for Christianity has diminished but Jewish and Islamic claims have become highly contested and overlapping. Appreciating the complexities of the city and its religious association could offer a better understanding of the larger Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Arab-Israeli conflict.
Speaker’s Bio: Prof. P R Kumaraswamy teaches contemporary Middle East at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 1992 to 1999 he was a research fellow at the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Jerusalem. His works include Squaring the Circle: Mahatma Gandhi and the Jewish National Home (New Delhi: for ICWA, 2018); India’s Israel Policy (Columbia University Press, 2010) and Historical Dictionary of the Arab Israeli Conflict (Scarecrow Press, 2015). He is the honorary Director of Middle East Institute, New Delhi (www.mei.org.in) and Series Editor of Persian Gulf: India’s Relations with the Region (Palgrave Macmillan) and Contemporary Review of the Middle East (Sage).