About Us


is a digital platform of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK). It is an initiative of the Department of the Tourism and Cultural Heritage that strives to research and document the social and cultural heritage of the Bethlehem city and region throughout the centuries, with a special focus on the last two centuries.

Bethlehem has a unique setting spanning a fertile landscape to the west and desert to the east. Its diverse environment made it a center for Baal and Adonis
on the one hand, and the perfect setting for desert monasteries on the other. Its historical and religious significance turned it into a place for pilgrimage and a tourist destination, while its location on one of the ancient trade routes made it a city for expansive cultural exchange. The city’s present-day inhabitants of
Christian and Muslim Palestinians make it a unique place for inter-religious interaction. Different aspects of this rich socio-cultural history are the focus of
twelve essays by: Michele Bacci | Amanda Batarseh | Nicholas Blincoe | Glenn Bowmann | Nuha Khoury | Lance Laird | Elizabeth Marteijn | Felistin Naili |
Tom Selwyn | Sawsan Shomali | Dana Sobouh | Gislen Widen With this digital platform, DAK shares its publications with a wider public and hopes to trigger further research on this important part of the world.

Dar al-Kalima University
College of Arts & Culture

P.O.Box. 162, Bethlehem - Palestine

Tel: +970 2 2757028
Fax: +970 2 2756797

Email: president@daralkalima.edu.ps