“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
A seminar with Lihi Ben Shitrit, MEI Research Fellow and Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia. Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, HKS and MEI Faculty Chair.
Lihi Ben Shitrit will discuss her book manuscript, which explores three contemporary women’s movements in and around Jerusalem’s Sacred Esplanade: Messianic Jewish Orthodox women’s activism for access to Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif; Pious Muslim Palestinian women’s activism for the defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque from Jewish claims (the Murabitat); and the Women of the Wall’s (WOW) interdenominational Jewish feminist mobilization against restrictive gender regulations at the Western Wall. Using these cases, the book demonstrates how attention to gender and to women’s engagement in conflict over sacred places is essential for understanding the intra-communal processes that make contested sacred sites increasingly “indivisible” for parties in the inter-communal context.