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Book launch

Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere

Thursday 8 September 2016
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden

The fourth book in the peer-reviewed LUCIS book series Leiden Studies in Islam and Society (Brill) will be published in August 2016. LUCIS celebrates this new publication with a book launch followed by drinks. If you would like to join us, please send an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere

The book Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East, edited by Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah (Leiden University) and Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Radboud University Nijmegen), explores the many facets associated with the questions of modernity and minority in the context of religious communities in the Middle East by focusing on inter-communal dialogues and identity construction among the Jewish and Christian communities of the Middle East and paying special attention to the concept of space.

This volume draws examples of these issues from experiences in the public sphere such as education, public performance, and political engagement discussing how religious communities were perceived and how they perceived themselves.

Based on the conference proceedings from the 2013 conference at Leiden University entitled Common Ground? Changing Interpretations of Public Space in the Middle East among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the 19th and 20th Century this volume presents a variety of cases of minority engagement in Middle Eastern society.

With contributions by: T. Baarda, A. Boum, S.R. Goldstein-Sabbah, A. Massot, H. Müller-Sommerfeld, H.L. Murre-van den Berg, L. Robson, K.Sanchez Summerer, A. Schlaepfer, D. Schroeter and Y. Wallach.

This publication is available in Open Access.

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