Dr. Zeina Barakat

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  • Research Associate, Von Huegel Institute, University of Cambridge. 2019-2022
  • Coordinator, DFG Project “Hearts of Flesh - not Stone” (Palestinian Team)
  • Post-Doc Research Fellow, Social Science, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

zeina.barakat@uni-jena.de

Education Show content
  • Research Associate at Von Huegel Institute, University of Cambridge. 2019-2022
  • Post-Doc Research Fellow, Chair Systematic Theology and Ethics, FSU Jena
  • Dr. phil. (Ph.D.), Applied Ethics, FSU Jena, 2013-2016
  • Master of Arts, Regional Studies Institute, Al-Quds University, 2006, Major: American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bethlehem University, 2005
  • Diploma - Bethlehem University, 2003
Research Topics/Areas Show content
  • Gender in the Islamic World
  • Reconciliation
  • Empathy
Teaching Experience Show content
  • Gender in the Islamic World. Summer Term, 2019, EUF
  • Meditation in Conflict Resolution, Summer Term 2019, EUF
  • Reconciliation and the Arab Israeli Conflict, Summer Term, February 2018, EUF
  • Prospects of Reconciliation and Peace in Israel/Palestine. Katholische und Evangelische Studierendengemeinde, Winter Semester 2018 
  • Gender and Women’s Rights in the Middle East and in the Western World, October-February 2018
  • Reconciliation and culture in Palestinian Society, October 2017- February 2017 (FSU Jena, Germany)
  • Learning from South African Experience: Reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, March 2017 -July 2017 (FSU Jena, Germany)
  • Reconciliation in the Arab-Israeli conflict, March 2017 -July 2017 (FSU Jena, Germany)
  • Forced migration and the refugee problem – why people move, October 2016 – February 2017 (FSU Jena, Germany)
  • Reconciliation and Culture in the Palestinian Society, October 2016 – February 2017 (FSU Jena, Germany)
  • Gender Course, October-March 2015. 
  • Dynamics of Reconciliation: Arab-Israeli Conflict, April-July 2016 (FSU Jena, Germany)
  • Al-Isteqlal University, Jericho. “Conflict Resolution, Game Theory and Negotiations” course,  2011
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, American Studies Graduate Program, Al-Quds University, 2006-2013
  • Teaching following Courses at Al-Quds University: “American Government," “Conflict Resolution, Game Theory and Negotiations," “Globalization," 2008-2012
  • Teacher, Bridge International School, Jerusalem, 2003- 2005
Selected Events Show content

1. “Peace Education International Conference," Antalya 19-23, November 2006; organized by IPCRI

2. “Liberty and Justice and the Middle East Conference” organized by the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut, January 7-10, 2008. Paper Title: "Studying American Studies in a Hostile Environment"

3. “Wasatia: From Theory to Practice,” Wasatia Second Annual Conference, Al-Bireh, 19 March 2008, Ramallah, Paper: “Wasatia in Religious Teachings"

4. “Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East Conference” organized by the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut, January 8-11, 2010. Paper Title: "The Poverty of Knowledge"

5. “I am not my mother’s daughter," paper presented at a summer school on American democratic culture at Oberlin College, Ohio, Cleveland USA July 2011

6. “Studying American Studies in a hostile environment," paper presented at an International Conference Dec 3- 9, 2012, Hassan II./Casablanca University, Morocco

7. Women for Peace and Reconciliation, Alternative Approaches to Conflict Resolution Conference, 12-15 November 2015, University of Zurich, Switzerland

8. Religious Education in Palestine, Ethics Center, 12 May 2015, University of Jena, Germany

9. Empathy with Opponents? Why Palestinian Youth visited Auschwitz (Empathie mit Gegnern? Warum Palästinensiche Jugendliche Auschwitz besucht haben). Freiheit-Wozu Kongress: Zum Gedenken an die Befreiung von Viktor E. Frankl aus dem Konzentrationslager Türkheim vor 70 Jahren, 24.-26. April 2015 Bad Wörishofen, Germany

10. Transitional Justice Workshop: Contemporary theories and practices.  St. Andrews Church, Jerusalem, 18-23 September 2016 Jerusalem

11. “Palestinian/ Israeli Conflict- Is Reconciliation Possible?" The University of Stellenbosch, 6-18th October 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa

12. Conference: Peace in Colombia? organized and hosted by JCRS in Jena, Germany, 10th May 2017

13. “The Case of Palestine - History and Vision," paper presented at the Von Hugel Institute in a conference “Refining trust – Palestine in comparative perspective” organized by St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, 9th-10th March 2018

14. Workshop on Religion and Conflict/Religion and Peace under the auspices of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, John Hume Boardroom, Edward M.Kennedy Institute, National University of Ireland Maynooth and St. Patrick’s College, 13 April 2018

15. Conference “Overcoming Evil through Good” organized by Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, 23-25 of April 2018

16. "The urge for an “empathetic dialogue”An exploration of the political and religious dimension of empathy," paper presented by Zeina Barakat & Ralf Wuestenberg at the Conference“Reconciliation in the Middle East and Northern Africa: An Interdisciplinary Research” organized by Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS) at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, 11-16 of August 2018

17. “Women education and Gender Equality Rights in the Holy Quran,” paper presented at the Summer School “Islam & Democracy” at Europa University of Flensbug, Germany, 10- 14 of June 2019

18. “The Case of Palestine”, paper presented by at the Summer School “Religioese Identitat und Nationalgefuehl” in Kosovo & Albania, Epoka university 8-15 Sptember 2019

19. “ International Bonhoeffer Congress XIII” at Stellenbosh University, South Africa,  19-23 January 2020

Selected Publications Show content

Books·      

Zeina M. Barakat. From Heart of Stone to Heart of Flesh: Evolutionary Journey from Extremism to Moderation. Munich: Herbert Utz Verlag GmbH, 2017

 Book Reviews by

Articles in Journals and Chapters in Books 

  • Preface, in Turner, A.-Tacchini, D., “Islam and Democracy, Voices of Muslims amongst Us”, Milan-London, Mimesis International, (2019), Pp.7-9
  • Book Review, The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a vengeful age, in Religion & Theology (Wiley), Volune 26:4 (2019), pp.593-598
  • Book review, Happiness, in Religion & Theology, Volume 26:4 (2019), pp. 572-577
  • Book Review, War, Peace and Reconciliation: A Theological Enquiry, in Religion & Theology (Wiley), Volume 26:3 (2019), pp. 519-524
  • Zeina Barakat and Mohammed Dajani. “Israel and Palestine: Occupation not Apartheid," in Social Justice and Israel/ Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates," edited by Aaron J. Hahn and Mira Sucharov. Publisher: University of Toronto PR, 2019, pp. 188-200
  • Book Review, The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion in Religion & Theology (Wiley), Volume 26:2 (2019), pp.257- 259
  • Book Review, Trajectories of Justice: What the Bible Says about Slaves, Women, and Homosexuality in Religion & Theology (Wiley), 26:1 (2019), pp.74-76
  • Zeina M. Barakat. “Reconciliation in Midst of Strive”, in Reconciliation in Global Context: Why It Is Needed and How It Works, edited by Björn Krondorfer. New York: Sunny Press, 2018. Pp. 129-150
  • Book Review, Religion and Extremism: Rejecting Diversity, Reviews in Religion & Theology (Wiley), 25:3 (2018), pp. 543-546
  • Zeina M. Barakat and Prof. Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi. “UNE PHILOSOPHIE À L’ÉPREUVE DE PAIX-PENSER LE CONFLIT ISRAÉLO-PALESTINIEN,” L’ETHIQUE DE LA RECONCILIATION: Éditeurs: Lucy Nusseibeh; Aline Alterman; Henri Cohen-Solal: EDITIONS MIMESIS, 2016. pp.61-75
  • Zeina Barakat, co-editor with others. Teaching the Holocaust in Palestine: Reconciliation in Midst of Conflict. Jerusalem & Jena: Wasatia Publishing, 2016
  • Zeina Barakat, “Outsiders Among their Own: Silencing Voices of Moderation in Palestine," in Teaching the Holocaust in Palestine: Reconciliation in Midst of Conflict. Compiled and edited by Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Prof. Munther Dajani Daoudi, Prof. Martin Leiner, and Dr. Zeina Barakat. Jerusalem & Jena: Wasatia Publishing, 2016. Pp. 113-116
  • Zeina M. Barakat, “A Palestinian Student Defends Her Visit to Auschwitz”, The Atlantic, April 28, 2014. Link to the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/a-palestinian-student-defends-her-visit-to-auschwitz/361311/
  • Zeina Barakat and Mohammed Dajani, “Israeli/Palestinian Narratives: Challenges and Opportunities," in Etablierte und Aussenseiter zugleich: Selbst und Fremdbilder in den paelestinensischen Communities im Westjordanland und Israel, edited by Gabriela Rosenthal. Campus Verlag: Frankfurt am Main, 2015. pp. 295-312
  • Zeina Barakat and Mohammed Dajani, “Israelis and Palestinians: Contested Narratives," in Israeli Studies, Volume 18, Number 2 (Summer 2013), (pp.53-69)
  • Zeina M. Barakat and Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi. “The Globalization of America and the Poverty of Arab Knowledge,” in Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East. Editor: Robert Myers. Beirut: American University of Beirut, 2011. Pp. 447 - 460
  • Zeina Barakat, "Religious Narratives on Jerusalem and their role in Peace Building," in Jerusalem From the Lens of Wasatia, edited by Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi. (Jerusalem: Wasatia Publishing, 2010), pp. 9-23
  • Zeina Barakat, co-editor with others. Readings in American Democratic Culture. Jerusalem: Al-Quds University, 2010. p.240
  • Co-Editor, Zeina Barakat and others (editors). Readings in American Democratic Culture. Jerusalem: Al-Quds University Publishing Press, 2010
  • Zeina Barakat, "Diverging Narratives as part of the Conflict: Converging Narratives as Part of the Solution," in Religious Narratives on Jerusalem and their Role in Peace Building (Jerusalem: Conrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2009), pp. 29-39
  • Zeina Barakat, "Islam in Our Times," in Crosscurrent. (Summer 2008), pp. 220-223

  Internet Online Articles       

Books In Arabic:             

  • Zeina Barakat, al-Taharush al-Jinsi [Sexual Harassment]. Jerusalem: American Studies Center, al-Quds University, 2012
  • Zeina Barakat, co-author with Mohammed Dajani and Martin Rau. HOLOCAUST: HUMAN AGONY: IS THERE A WAY OUT OF VIOLENCE, Jerusalem: Wasatia Publishing, 2012

 Forthcoming:

  • Zeina Barakat in “Encountering the Suffering of the Other." Transdisciplinary Studies from the Project Hearts of Flesh – Not Stone," Forthcoming
  • Zeina Barakat and Ralf Wüstenberg in ‘The urge for an “empathetic dialogue: An exploration of the political and religious dimension of empathy," in Reconciliation in the Middle East and Northern Africa to be published in the series RIPAR Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2020
  • Book Review, Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Clichés for Religion & Theology (Wiley), forthcoming
  • Book Review, Voices of Modern Islam: What it Means to Be Muslim Today For Religion & Theology (Wiley), forthcoming
  • Zeina Barakat and others (editors). Reconciliation in the Middle East and Northern Africa to be published in the series RIPAR Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2020
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