Academic Director: Dr. Raef Zreik
The “Living Together” group has been working together since February 2010 under the guidance of Dr. Raef Zreik. The overall aim of the group’s research project is to enrich the repertoire of available options for living together within a political community.
In order to develop new approaches to the question of membership in a political community, the group attempts to create space for a new vocabulary that can stretch the imagination into novel, original ways of thinking about related questions such as citizenship, friendship and love, solidarity, being a neighbor and being a native, community and civil society, the public sphere and privacy. The project draws on Muslim and Jewish sources that may enable it to rethink political community and membership beyond the perspectives opened in recent debates between liberalism and its contemporary Western critics.
The group members share common academic interests but come from different departments and have diverse academic backgrounds and work methods, and thus enhance the group’s unique interdisciplinary character.
The group’s work is conducted on three levels:
The group encourages the development of sub-groups, guided by the group members, that will discuss topics related to those of the larger group. In the recent year one such sub-group has operated, led by Dr. Ahmad Igbaria, and its members have focused on texts on contemporary political Islam.