Great Powers in the Holy Land: From Napoleon to the Balfour Declaration


Date: Apr 03, 2009 - Apr 04, 2009

This workshop brought together American and non-American researchers working on the Great Powers’ presence in the Holy Land and the Levant in the 19th century. On the macro-level, we examined the Western perception of this space and the ideology of expansion, as well as the conflicts between the Great Powers in this area. On the micro-level, we examined the special cases of the relationships between the local – Arab and Jewish – population and the missionaries. We focused particularly on the study of pilgrimages to the Holy Land not only as a phenomenon of the interaction between different religious traditions (notably Christian and Muslim), but also as a political tool of the Great Powers, such as France and the Russian Empire.

Date: Apr 03, 2009 - Apr 04, 2009

This workshop brought together American and non-American researchers working on the Great Powers’ presence in the Holy Land and the Levant in the 19th century. On the macro-level, we examined the Western perception of this space and the ideology of expansion, as well as the conflicts between the Great Powers in this area. On the micro-level, we examined the special cases of the relationships between the local – Arab and Jewish – population and the missionaries. We focused particularly on the study of pilgrimages to the Holy Land not only as a phenomenon of the interaction between different religious traditions (notably Christian and Muslim), but also as a political tool of the Great Powers, such as France and the Russian Empire.

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