UMass Amherst Jewish Affairs

Jewish Affairs

Inter-Religious Approaches to
Bridging the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Thursday, February 19 at 4:00pm
Flavin Auditorium
School of Management Room 137
UMass Amherst

Free and open to the public; wheelchair accessible.

Lecture by Dr. Ben Mollov, Faculty of Social Sciences and Research Fellow,
Project for the Study of Religion, Culture and Peace, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Response by Prof. Iza Hussin, Legal Studies, UMass Amherst.

Guest Lecturer — Dr. Ben Mollov, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Ben Mollov is on the Faculty of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences and the Graduate Program in Conflict Management at Bar-Ilan University, Israel; and Research Fellow, Project for the Study of Religion, Culture and Peace.

Dr. Mollov specializes in conflict management from an intercultural perspective. He is the author of Power and Transcendence: Hans J. Morgenthau and the Jewish Experience (2002) and co-author of "Culture, Dialogue and Perception Change in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" and "Federalism and Multi-Culturalism as a Vehicle for Perception Change in Israeli Jewish Society"—both of which appeared in the International Journal of Conflict Management.

He has organized several international conferences at Bar-Ilan University in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. In December 2005 he appeared as a speaker at the Perdana Global Peace Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Respondent — Prof. Iza Hussin, Legal Studies, UMass Amherst

Prof Iza Hussin, Legal Studies Dept, UMass Amherst

Iza Hussin is a political scientist whose research and teaching focuses upon the interconnectedness of religion, law and society, particularly within the Muslim world. Her dissertation, "The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites and Colonial Authority in Malaya, India and Egypt," explores the political dynamics of Islamic law formation during the British colonial period.

Prof. Hussin has published on Islamic law in the contemporary Muslim world, Islamic law and post-colonial states, women in American Muslim communities, and on Islam and colonial history.

She has conducted research in Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel and Palestine. New research projects include theoretical approaches to the study of religion and politics.

Presented by the Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies
and the Office of Jewish Affairs, UMass Amherst.

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For more information...

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An Israeli Addresses a Global Peace Forum in Malaysia

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 11/1/06)

Interfaith Dialogue (Common Ground News Service, 3/30/06)

Religion and Religious Extremism
(Panel discussion at the International Summit on Democracy,
Terrorism and Security; Madrid, March 2005)

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Israeli and Palestinian university students

by Ben Mollov and Musa Isa Barhoum (Al-Quds Open University)

The Project for Arab-Jewish Dialogue at Bar-Islan University
(Harvard Pluralism Project)

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