Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Women’s Movements and the Struggle over Jerusalem’s Sacred Space

A Brown Bag Seminar with Lihi Ben Shitrit

February 6, 2019

In this talk, Lihi Ben Shitrit compares three contemporary women’s movements in and around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif: messianic Orthodox Jewish women’s activism for access to Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif (Women for the Temple); pious Muslim women’s activism for the defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque from Jewish claims (the Murabitat); and the Women of the Wall’s Jewish feminist mobilization against restrictive gender regulations at the Western Wall (WOW). In doing so, she will demonstrate how attention to gender and to women’s engagement in conflict over sacred places is essential for understanding the processes that make the Israeli-Palestinian conflict increasingly intractable.

Lihi Ben Shitrit is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative and an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens.

Co-sponsored with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Brandeis University.