Instructor permission is required to take this course.

Please click here to apply for an interview. Deadline: Friday, Sept 22, 2023

Instructors: Dr. Matthias Henze (RELI), Dr. Melissa Marschall (POLI)

This course examines the ways in which religious identities, beliefs, and practices in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have shaped contemporary politics and governance in Jerusalem, one of the world's holiest and most contested cities. The thematic emphasis of the class will be on the integration of the old and the new and the interconnections between history and modern life, viewed particularly through an examination of ancient sacred spaces and modern borders.

2024 Spring Break trip to Jerusalem: Thursday, March 7th - Sunday, March 17, 2024

Students will need to purchase their own flights to and from Jerusalem. The programs will cover the rest of the trip cost. Financial assistance is available from the program. Please contact for more information.

Jerusalem Trip Blog

A video by Matthew Hrncir
My Journey to Jerusalem
Published on Apr 4, 2019

Video of RELI 392 class at Rice University based on the GoPro videos I took on the class trip in March of 2019.