Contested Jerusalem

Explore why Jerusalem continues to be be such a contested space and how religion can contribute or help build peace.

With the help of original interviews with leading figures from Israel/Palestine, Professor Jolyon Mitchell and Dr Trond Bakkevig will explore why Jerusalem continues to be be such a contested space and how religion can both contribute to the conflict and help build peace.

Illustrated interview with Professor Jolyon Mitchell and Norwegian peacebuilder Dr Trond Bakkevig

The event will be followed by a reception.

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI).

This event is part of the RAG Week Lecture Series. Entry by donation. The proceeds will be split between RAG’s annual chosen charities: Anti-Slavery International and Scottish Refugee Council.


Dr Trond Bakkevig is a leading religious peacebuilder. He has organised and led dialogue and cooperation between leaders of the three Abrahamic religions in the Holy Land since 1996. He has served for over 20 years as convener of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL) consisting of: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, and the Supreme Judge of the Sharia Courts in Palestine.

He has also served as Dean of Vestre Aker, Church of Norway and Honorary Canon of the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Gaborone, Botswana as well as being General Secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Affairs, 1984-93 and was deeply involved in the struggle against apartheid.

Professor Jolyon Mitchell, PhD, FRSA, is our Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI). He specialises in Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding, with particular reference to the arts and media, at the University of Edinburgh. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge, Durham and Edinburgh, Professor Mitchell worked as a Producer/ Journalist with BBC World Service before moving to Edinburgh. He served as President of TRS-UK (the national association for Theology and Religious Studies in the UK) 2012-18.