Eternal conflict or common past?


Seminar with Shlomo Sand, Şener Aktürk, miriam cooke, Dick Harrison, Trond Berg Eriksen and Hanne Eggen Røislien

Friday 2. March 2012, 10:00 until 15:00

Venue: Skram

Host: Litteraturhuset

Entrance: Free entry

The enemy is at the Gates of Vienna, at the walls of Jerusalem, across the Pyrenees. The dominating narrative is that of an eternal conflict between Christian and Islamic cultures, from the time of the crusades and until the terror in Oslo. What has the historical relationship between Christians and Muslims been like, from the Middle Ages until today? Is it true that science, enlightenment and democracy has developed in the Christian world alone? Was Spain’s El-Andalus characterized by peaceful and balanced co-existence between Christians, Jews and Muslims? Why are others so important in our own identity formation, and how are the stories we tell about the past created?

With Dick HarrisonŞener Aktürkmiriam cookeTrond Berg Eriksen and Shlomo Sand. The seminar is lead by Hanne Eggen Røislien.