At the end of November 2018, nine fellows from the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz came to Jerusalem for the Second International Workshop together with the Martin Buber Society of Fellows. The topic of the workshop, “Un/Certainty Reconsidered”, suggested the theme of uncertainty as a common thread that would allow the various disciplines to enter into dialogue. Indeed, the nine fellows from Konstanz and...
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
On November 11-12 the MBSF headed to its annual fall excursion to the desert and this time to Sde Boker, Ein Avdat and Wadi Tsror. And in between what became already tradition: lunch picnic, outdoors accomodation and a very early sunrise walk.
Monday, Nov 5, 2018
The paper seeks to compare and contrast the initial impressions and reports of the Franciscan missionary William of Rubruck (1220-1293) with that of the Persian vizier to the Mongol rulers of Iran (the Ilkhans), Rashid al-Din (d. 1318), on their encounters with, and disputation of, Buddhism and Buddhists, the former at the Great Khan's court in Qaraqurum, and the latter at the Mongol court in...
Colloquium with Dr. Oded Zinger: Lonely women, belonging men: gender and social relationships in the Jewish communities of Medieval Egypt
Monday, Oct 22, 2018
In the recent Buber colloquium, Oded Zinger examined claims of social isolation in women's petitions from the Cairo Geniza. Recognizing this theme in women's letters helps us detect the opposite claim of connectedness in men's petitions and letters. The comparison sheds light on the predicament and agency of women who lacked social capital and on the hegemonic masculinity prevalent among the...