Lecture: “Religion and State in Israel: A Unique Case of Western Democracy” by Yair Sheleg

Lecture: “Religion and State in Israel: A Unique Case of Western Democracy” by Yair Sheleg

10/11/2011 15:00
10/11/2011 17:00

Organizers: Vrije Universiteit (VU) Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society) in collaboration with VU Centre for Religion and Law

Venue: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Room 15A42

 

Yair Sheleg will talk about the very special relationships between religion and state in Israel. Not only is there no real separation between these two domains, but the religious establishment has a monopoly on two important issues: the definition of who will be considered as a Jew, and all judicial matters related to marriage and divorce. The speaker will discuss the reasons for this unique situation, its implications, the most important issues in the debate, and the three main stages of relationships between secular and religious Jews during Israel's history: the 'secular offensive',the 'religious offensive' and the current power balance between both segments in Israeli society.
Yair Sheleg is historian and works as a research fellow with the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem

Discussant is Bart Wallet, historian and postdoc researcher at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam

 

Registration is obligatory: p.g.a.versteeg@vu.nl