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International Summer School on ‘Jerusalem in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam’

01 Jul 2019

International Summer School on ‘Jerusalem in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam’
Credits: 2, 5, or 6 ECTS (by choice of the student)
Academic sponsors: PThU (Amsterdam) and the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies (Jerusalem)
Venue and date: Amsterdam, Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5, 2019.

Registration deadline 1 April 2019 

Jerusalem is an important city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Starting from biblical times, it became the political and religious center for the people of Israel. In later generations, it became a religious center for Christianity and Islam as well. For Christians it was the city where Jesus studied in the Temple, died a violent death, was resurrected, and ascended to heaven. For Muslims it is the city that Muhammad visited during a nightly journey from Mecca and where he was taken up to heaven, where he received a revelation. The denial by adherents to one religion of the claims of the other religions has led to many conflicts. Apart from that, Jerusalem has also always been a hotbed of disputes and conflicts because of geo-political reasons; this continues until today. With the proclamation of the state of Israel in 1948 and the Six Day War and its aftermath in 1967 a new chapter started in this long and complicated history.
These religious and political issues concerning Jerusalem will be explored with teachers from the PThU and the Schechter Institute of Jerusalem, including also guest lecturers. The course will be coordinated and supervised by Prof. Dineke Houtman and Dr. Lieve Teugels of the PThU. The course provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in conversation with students and professors and to learn through engagement with those from abroad who might share different perspectives. During the five days of the summer school the following subjects will be discussed:

  1. Biblical times, history and archeology: Doron Bar, Archibald van Wieringen, Bart Wallet, Lieve Teugels (film)
  2. Judaism, religious significance: Tamar Kadari, Lieve Teugels (havruta). In the afternoon excursion to Jewish Amsterdam (Mokum as Jerusalem of the West)
  3. Christianity, early period, crusaders, pilgrimage: Dineke Houtman, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Gert van Klinken
  4. Islam, religious significance, waqf, architecture: Doron Bar, Gé Speelman, Razi Quadir.
  5. Jerusalem today as a center for the three monotheistic religions: Doron Bar, Gert van Klinken, (film: De Tempelberg is van mij)

Program
The course will take place from Monday, July 1, until Friday, July 5, and will include lectures, workshops, films, with an excursion to Jewish Amsterdam (“Jerusalem of the West”). During these days full participation is required. The in-class course time will total approximately 40 hours. An additional 60 hours will be apportioned for study time, and 40 hours for the preparation of a report containing personal reflection on what was learned and a final paper on one of the sub-themes.

Organization
The International Summer School is organized by the following partners:

  • Protestant Theological University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel

Classes will be held in the facilities of the PThU Amsterdam.
All lectures will be given in English.

See the documents on the right for more information.

Documents