How can peaceful coexistence and cooperation be encouraged in deeply divided societies, especially when those divisions stem from religion? Historically, places of worship for the three Abrahamic religions have long coexisted even in societies with significant religious differences. Karen Barkey explores this rich history of shared religious spaces using the Balkans, Anatolia and Palestine/Israel, all three regions once under Ottoman rule, as case studies. She demonstrates the long history of parallel worship and what can be learned for the possibilities for pluralism today. Her research was published as part of book which she also edited, Choreography of Sacred Spaces: State, Religion and Conflict Resolution  (Columbia UP, 2014). It analyzes the culture of conflict and cooperation over religious sites.  

Join CGM on Thursday, March 11 at 3:00pm EST for a talk by Karen Barkey who will discuss the Sacred Spaces project. This event is part of the CGM virtual seminar series: Co-existing in Pluralist Societies.  

Karen Barkey is the Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity at the Othering & Belonging Institute and a professor of sociology at University of California, Berkeley. She is also the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion at UC Berkeley.