December 6, 2017
Professor Omar M. Dajani presented "'Touching the Holy': Negotiating Sovereignty over Jerusalem" " during a panel at the "Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law" international academic conference held Nov. 28, 2017 at Harvard School of Law. Prof. Dajani, co-director of the law school's Global Center for Business & Development, is recognized as a leading expert on legal aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The "Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law" conference was a joint venture at Harvard Law School involving the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.
Some 2000 years after its construction by Herod, 1300 years after the erection of the Dome of the Rock, and 50 years after the hill's capture by Israeli forces in 1967, the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif counts among the most venerated - and most contested - spaces on earth. The aim of the conference was to explore several specific, interlocking aspects of the dynamic struggle to conceptualize, govern, and control the site.