The Religious Institutions of Jerusalem and Its Hinterland in Late Antiquity Colloquium, Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem, August 11–12, 2014
Organized by Sean Leatherbury (Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem) and Konstantin Klein (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg) with the help of Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS/Kenyon Institute)
In Late Antiquity, Jerusalem was a centre for the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each of these faiths transformed the sacred and physical topographies of the city in different ways. However, while much research has been done on Jerusalem and its most famous religious buildings—the Temple, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock—the relationship between these institutions in the centre and the religious settlements, buildings, and complexes of Jerusalem’s periphery has remained largely unexplored. This is rich ground for further exploration, and previous studies of some of the religious foundations outside of Jerusalem, for example Mar Saba and other desert monasteries, have revealed both connections and disjunctions between life in the holy city and in the surrounding cities, towns, countryside, and desert.
By illuminating the relationship between Jerusalem and the surrounding regions in the period, this colloquium aims to encourage a broader contextual approach to the study of religion, politics, and architecture, bounded by an emphasis on religious institutions. We encourage papers to consider the religious, social, political, architectural, art historical, and literary relationships between Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious institutions in Jerusalem and the surrounding regions from the third through the ninth centuries CE. Papers might investigate pilgrim routes and sacred topography between Jerusalem and neighboring holy sites, religious and political links between religious buildings and settlements in the region, or artistic and architectural relationships between religious structures in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
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