"As always, The Philos Project brings deep insight into such an important region. I am so grateful for this opportunity through Philos to gain more insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Christian Brehmer

galilea fellowship ALUMNUS 

"Robert Nicholson does an incredible job of coalescing so many of the key religious and political ideas of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, forming an in-depth overview of how the State of Israel came to be. Even better, he does so with primary source documents. It's rare to find a course that covers so much in such a short amount of time. This class is like a condensed Philos Leadership Institute trip!"

Elysia Martin

Philos Leadership Institute Alumna

"The Religious & Political Ideas of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is one of the best courses I have taken regarding the situation. The course provides both lectures and readings that assist in understanding the conflict fully. Would recommend everyone take it!"

Katie Hodgdon

Philos DC Chapter Member


Who should take this course?

This is an introductory course for non-experts who want to learn more about the big ideas of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In each class Robert Nicholson, president of The Philos Project, examines topics like Zionism, Islamism, and Palestinian nationalism by studying primary texts and the people who wrote them. No prior study is required.

How much does it cost?

Access to the course is $5.99. To register and pay, please use the registration form on this page. 

What is the format of the course?

Eight 90-minute audio lectures and assigned readings.

Each audio/podcast file will be posted with supplementary resources in a class folder on Thursday afternoons starting on April 16, 2020. 

How much time will this course take?

Each class recording will be 90 minutes. Supplementary readings will take about 2-3 hours to complete.

Does this course qualify for academic credit?

Not at this time. This course can be taken independently or as a supplement for related courses.


Once you register for this course, you will receive a link that will give you access to the classes, which will be uploaded weekly.

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