Video: Q&A with Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin

In the video interview with the Y&S Nazarian Center, Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin discussed the course he is teaching in Fall Quarter - "Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories" - and gave in-depth analysis of some of the topics he has covered in the course.

Course Overview

Daniel Stein Kokin gives a preview of some of the topics he will be covering in the class and why it is so important today for students to have the opportunity to learn about symbolic sites.

Relevance of Historical Sites in the Modern Era

Professor Stein Kokin looks at how several ancient sites, including the Cave of the Patriarchs and Masada, still play a role today in social and political life in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

The Temple Mount

The Visiting Assistant Professor makes a deep dive into the symbolism surrounding the Temple Mount and Haram al-Sharif and the site's importance for Israelis and Palestinians.

Tel Hai: A Foundational Site

Professor Stein Kokin examines the history behind a little-known site that played an important role in 20th Century Zionism.

The Unique Nature of Symbolic Places and Spaces in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin explains what makes symbolic places and spaces and why the sites in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are unique.

Christian Sites and Palestinian Nationalism

Professor Daniel Stein Kokin examines the role various Christian sites have played in secular Palestinian nationalist movements.

Holy or Secular Sites?

Professor Stein Kokin looks at how symbolic places and spaces are developed and how in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, sites can have both religious and secular importance at different times.

Ancient Sites, Modern Debates

The Visiting Assistant Professor looks at how several historical - even ancient - sites have played important roles in modern debates.