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Abraham Joshua Heschel on Israel-Palestine


Mar 29 2016


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room

153 Rubenstein Library, Duke's West Campus Quad

Heschel on Religion, Politics, and Civil Rights in Israel-Palestine

Heschel on Religion, Politics, and Civil Rights in Israel-Palestine

With Anat Biletzki

Despite the current popularity of, and toleration for, religion in political contexts, there is a constant, essential tension between religion and human rights. An exploration of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Papers at Duke’s Rubinstein Rare Books and Manuscript Library is offered with the goal of ascertaining, beyond Heschel’s well-known symbiosis (“I prayed with my feet”), points of uncertainty – or self-contradiction – regarding the feasibility of civil rights in Israel-Palestine. This discussion with Anat Biletzki is held in conjunction with the exhibit “Faith in Action: In the Footsteps of Abraham Joshua Heschel”, March 18-July 22, 2016.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Archive and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Anat Biletzki

Tel Aviv University and Quinnipiac University

Along with her work at Tel Aviv University and as Albert Schweitzer Professor at Quinnipiac University, Biletzki has also traveled widely, as a visiting scholar/professor at, among others, Cambridge University, Harvard University, and MIT. Her publications include books and articles on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas Hobbes, analytic philosophy, political thought, digital…...

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