Jerusalem: City of Three Faiths | Newberry

Jerusalem: City of Three Faiths

Led by Laurel Harig-Khan
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Three sessions. Saturdays, October 23-November 6.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

The holy city of Jerusalem has been a city of worship, a destination for pilgrims, and a political flash-point for millennia. Why is Jerusalem so significant to the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? How can Jerusalem be the undivided capital of both a future Israeli and a future Palestinian state? What are contemporary archaeologists discovering about the city’s history? What is it like to live and work in Jerusalem today? In this course, we will watch documentary footage from different eras of Jerusalem’s history, read primary source material, and discuss the rich, multilayered heritage of Jerusalem over the past five thousand years.

Three sessions. Registration – $170

Laurel Harig-Khan teaches courses on the arts, culture, and history of the Arab world. She received an MA in Islamic studies from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and a BA in Arabic from Bard College. She has been teaching at the Newberry since 2018.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first meeting.
Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.