Students singing an Iraqi folksong at the 2014 MELA picnic
Dome of the RockDome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock's unique and brilliant golden dome defines the skyline of the old city in Jerusalem. It is not until one visits the shrine on foot that the beautiful porcelain mosaics can be seen. These mosaics cover all eight sides of the shrine.
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Program: Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Zaki HaidarZaki Haidar, lecturer in Arabic
Touching StoneTouching Stone
Right inside the church, at the Stone of the Anointing, Molly Hemes ('14) is silhouetted against the brilliant light coming in from the door leading to the courtyard. Inside the church it is always busy but for those who come to pray it is deeply personal. People interact with the holy sites in different ways, and this picture shows the spectrum from indifference to faithful devotion. Here, some folks are walking past with indifference what others are stopping to kiss.
Location: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel
Program: Faith and Fiction II
Prof. Yaron Klein and students playing oud at the MIddle East Languages picnic
Window to a CityWindow to a City
I saw this view through an open window at a church on the Mount of Olives; the framing of the cross, the golden Dome of the Rock, and the urban sprawl behind them made me think of the many ways in which space and belonging are contested in this ancient city.
Program: AMIDEAST Semester in Amman, Jordan