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Voices of the Ritual: Devotion to Female Saints and Shrines in the Holy Land

November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Nurit Stadler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in conversation with Ron Hassner (UC Berkeley)

Voices of the Ritual is an analysis of the revival of rituals performed at female saint shrines in the Middle East. In the midst of turbulent political contention over land and borders, Nurit Stadler shows how religious minorities lay claim to space through rituals enacted at sacred spaces in the Holy Land. Voices of the Ritual is a valuable assessment of religious ritual practice that encrypts female themes into a landscape that has historically been defined by war and conflict.

Nurit Stadler is professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include fundamentalism, the Ultra-orthodox community, Greek-Orthodox and Roman Catholic rituals in Jerusalem, text-based communities, the veneration of Mary in Israel/Palestine, and the study of female saint shrines, sacred nature and sacred iconography.

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Co-sponsored by: Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies; Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion; Center for Democracy, Tolerance and Religion; and Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies


November 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies
The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law & Israel Studies