Jerusalem Becoming Muslims: 638-785 AD

  • 1118 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

A brown bag talk and discussion with Dan Bahat

Dan Bahat, for many years the Official Archeologist of Jerusalem, will discuss the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 638. He will explore relations with Christians in the city, the arrival of Jews into Jerusalem and their settlement patterns, subsequent events on the Temple Mount, and Christian spiritual references to the Muslim conquest.

Dr. Bahat is currently the archaeologist of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and its tunnels and has excavated many sites in Jerusalem, including Herod's palace. Widely published, he has received many awards for his work in Jerusalem. He teaches archaeology at the University of Toronto and Bar-Ilan University in Israel.