Summer 2012

Conference at Cambridge University

Prof. Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman head of the Open University's Research Center on Jews, Christians, Muslims: Social and Cultural Encounters.
Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, President of the Open University, headed a group of six leading researchers from Open University's from the Open University's Jews, Christians, Muslims: Social and Cultural Encounters Research Center at a conference held at Cambridge University. The joint conference held by the Woolf Institute Studying Relations between Jews, Christians and Moslems was in cooperation with the Open University's research center. The Woolf Institute at Cambridge is named for Lord Harry Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Chancellor of the Open Universeity of Israel.

Prof. Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman head of the Open University's research center, spoke on the subject of polygamy customs of Jews in Yemen and Arab polygamy customs and the Israeli perspective on the issue. Ophir Munz-Manor spoke of the connections between liturgical poetry and mosaic pavements in late antique churches and synagogues. Dr. Ishay Landa lectured on a Judeo-Christian critique of Nietzsche's concept of space; a lecture on Medieval Jewish and Christian poetry; Mustaf Kabha on "The Fall of the Arab Muslim State in Spain and its perception in contemporary Arab Historiography" and Prof. Haggai Erlich on Christianity, Islam and Judaism in Ethiopia.

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