OUI and Woolf Institute Hold Conference in England on Relations Between Jews, Christians and Muslims

Prof. Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman

June 27, 2012 – A delegation of six leading researchers from the Open University of Israel participated in a conference on “Tradition and Transition in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Cultures” at Cavendish College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England from June 24 – 26, 2012.

The three-day event was jointly sponsored by OUI’s  Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims (JCM Center) and the Woolf Institute.  The Woolf Institute, which studies relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims, is named for Lord Harry Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Chancellor of the Open University of Israel.

Ophir Munz-Manor

Professor Hagit Messer-Yaron, President of the OUI, offered opening remarks at the conference and OUI researchers contributed to each of the conference’s four panels.

  • Prof. Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman head of the Open University’s JCMCenter, chaired the panel on “Exile” and spoke on the subject of polygamous practices of Jews in Yemen and Arab polygamy customs in the “Family” panel.
  • Dr. Tali Artman, participating in the “Family” panel, presented on “Prostitution? (Not) in My Family!”
  • Dr. Ophir Munz-Manor discussed the connections between liturgical poetry and mosaic pavements in late antique churches and synagogues at the “Art & Music” panel.
  • Dr. Ishay Landa presented a Judeo-Christian critique of Nietzsche’s concept of space during the panel on “Space”.
  • In the “Exile” panel, Prof. Mustaf Kabha  offered insights on “The Fall of the Arab Muslim State in Spain and its Perception in Contemporary Arab Historiography”  
  • Prof. Haggai Erlich concluded the “Exile” panel with his thoughts on Christianity, Islam and Judaism in Ethiopia. 

    Mustafa Kabha

A follow-up conference jointly sponsored by the Open University and Woolf Institute is scheduled to take place in June 2013 at the Open University’s Ra’anana campus in Israel.