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Separate and Different: Religious Rights and the Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel

Professor Michael Karayanni, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Thursday, November 29, 2012
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
UCLA School of Law
Room 1314 (New Location)
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Part of the "Religion, State and Society" Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion

The discussion of religion and state in Israel is largely an intra-Jewish discussion. The tension between constitutional liberal guarantees on the one hand, and the recognition the state has accorded to Jewish religious institutions and norms on the other, dominate the religion and state debate. About one-fifth of Israel’s population is non-Jewish--and this population is predominantly Palestinian-Arab. Each community has jurisdiction to apply its own religious norms and adjudicate disputes among its members in personal status issues, principally marriage and divorce. Moreover, a number of institutions in the Palestinian-Arab religious communities are financially supported by the state, albeit substantially less than Jewish religious institutions. So how is it that such issues are generally excluded from the discussion on religion and state? Professor Karayanni will explore why the Israeli religion and state discussion has thus far excluded the Palestinian-Arab minority.

About the Speaker

Michael Mousa Karayanni, is the Bruce W. Wayne Associate Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University Law School & Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies. His research interests include private international law and inter-religious law, multiculturalism and civil procedure. He is the author of Conflicts in a Conflict (forthcoming, OUP 2013). Professor Karayanni graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (SJD, 2003) and Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LLD (Hons.), 2000).  

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