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Saturday, February 14 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
The Significance of Being First: Competing Jewish and Arab Discourses

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Claims to the Holy Land are at the root of the Arab/Israeli conflict, and are now perhaps the most significant and contentious element. These claims are mixed with the religious traditions of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and even secular Jews and Arabs, and they reference continuities with the ancient past as a means of claiming priority. The presentation will examine ways in which these claims are made in an attempt to clarify this extraordinarily complex situation.


Ilan Troen

Born in Boston, Ilan Troen was educated at Brandeis, Hebrew University and Chicago. On making aliyah he joined Ben-Gurion University, became Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the BGU Research Institute, and pioneered programs in Israel Studies. He returned to Brandeis to establish the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He has authored or edited fourteen books on American, Jewish and Israeli history and is founding... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm

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