Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law

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Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law
November 28 2017 -- 12:00 am
The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School
Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program
Wasserstein 1019
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1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Temple Mount Haram al Sharif

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


Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law

An international academic conference to be held in Milstein East, Wasserstein Hall at the Harvard Law School (1585 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138), on November 28-29, 2017.

The aim of this conference is to explore several specific, interlocking aspects of the dynamic struggle to conceptualize, govern, and control the site. In particular, the goal is to illuminate the present and future of the site through analysis of its complex history, the evolving religious beliefs and practices that are attached to it, and the intricate legal frameworks in which it is enmeshed both at the present moment and in possible future configurations associated with a peaceful settlement between Israel and Palestine. The ultimate justification for this approach is the view that the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is an important lynchpin in a struggle of global importance, one that merits close attention and engagement by people everywhere. To achieve these goals, the conference will convene leading scholars of history, religion, culture, and international law to approach these questions from a range of directions.


Conference Schedule

Tuesday, November 28, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

WCC, Milstein East, Room A-B

Harvard Law School

1585 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


12:00 pm

Noah Feldman, Opening Remarks

12:30 pm-2:15 pm

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”

2:15 pm-2:30 pm


2:30 pm-3:15 pm

Keynote Address 1

Moshe Halbertal, “Sovereignty and the Sacred: Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif”

3:15 pm-3:30 pm


3:30 pm-4:30 pm

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”

4:30 pm-4:45 pm


4:45 pm-5:45 pm

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, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

WCC, Milstein East, Room C

Harvard Law School

1585 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


Noah Feldman, Opening Remarks


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”




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”




Keynote Address 2

Wasfi Kailani, “The Hashemite King’s Role and Status at Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif, 1917-2017”


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”

Poster to 'Temple Mount, Haram al-Sharif - Conflict, Culture, Law' at the Harvard Law School on Tuesday (Nov. 28) and Wednesday (Nov. 29).

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