The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester is running a Research Seminar programme for 2016-17 which will take place on Thursdays at 4pm in A113 Samuel Alexander Building. It is open to all (for free) and there is no need to book.
On November 10, Carlo Aldrovandi of Trinity College, Dublin will be speaking on the topic of
'Holy Space, Nationalism and Undivided Sovereignty:
The Jewish and Islamist Struggle for the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif'
He has written a book, Apocalyptic Movements in Contemporary Politics: Christian and Jewish Zionism which presents
an original analysis of Israeli Religious Zionism and US Christian Zionism by focusing on the messianic and millenarian drives that form the basis of their political mobilization towards a 'Jewish colonization' of the Occupied Territories.
I learned also that
The author clearly indicates that Christian Zionism, based on a virulently anti-Islamic agenda, is a major hurdle to peace not just in West Asia but globally, too. Indeed, some Christian Zionists even ardently wish (and work for) a final global war,
Back in January 2016, Aldrovani secured further funding from the Trinity College Dublin Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Research Scheme. The grant will assist the preliminary stages of a new interdisciplinary project addressing the overlaps between religious, cultural and nationalist drives at the basis of the struggle for the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in the Old City of Jerusalem. The project's main goals are firstly to compare the Islamist and Jewish discourses that mobilize the claims to exclusive ownership of Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif; and secondly, to investigate alternative faith-related approaches which could be deployed to tackle that dispute and its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
If you plan on attending, I suggest you check my blog posts over the years on the subject. To trust Aldrovani's perspective is something you do not want to do if you are interested in the historical truth and the actual reality of today.