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Ron Hassner
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Ron Hassner
BornRon E. Hassner
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materStanford University(Ph.D.)
Columbia University(M.A.)
💼 Occupation

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Ron Hassner is a Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Chancellor’s Chair in Political Science and is the Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies at Berkeley[1][2]. His research focuses on religion and conflict, especially conflicts over sacred places, religion in the military, as well as on territorial disputes and interrogational torture. He is a faculty director of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.[3] Hassner is a recipient of Berkeley’s campus-wide “Distinguished Teaching Award”[4].


Hassner’s initial research focused on religion as a cause of war. In War on Sacred Grounds [5] he argued that conflicts over holy places are difficult to resolve because these sites pose an indivisibility problem: they cannot be shared or divided the way other pieces of land are often shared to resolve conflict[6][7]. The Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Great Mosque of Mecca function as key case studies as do contested shrines in India[8].

His work subsequently shifted to analyzing religion as a factor during war, including such wars in which religion is not a motivator. In Religion in the Military Worldwide[9] he commissioned essays on the many ways in which religion shapes military service around the world, including countries like Canada, Turkey, Japan, and Iran. In Religion on the Battlefield[10] Hassner looks at the effects of religion on tactics and strategy. The focus here is on wars in which religion did not necessarily play a motivating role, to show that even in crucial military settings (such as World War I and World War II) religion enabled and constrained military decision making[11][12].

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  • Religious violence
  • Holy place
  • Temple Mount
  • Ayodhya
  • Great Mosque of Mecca
  • Religion in the military
  • chaplains


  1. https://www.jweekly.com/2019/05/02/7-million-in-gifts-to-create-uc-berkeleys-first-endowed-israel-studies-chair/
  2. https://www.dailycal.org/2019/05/05/uc-berkeley-creates-endowed-faculty-chair-in-israel-studies/
  3. https://www.jweekly.com/2016/12/16/making-strides-israel-studies-flourishing-at-cal/
  4. https://www.dailycal.org/2014/03/16/3-professors-win-2014-distinguished-teaching-award/
  5. Hassner, Ron E. (December 2012). War on Sacred Grounds. ISBN 978-0801478802. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/380314
  7. Sachs, Natan B. (2010). "Book Review: Hassner, R. E. (2009). War on Sacred Grounds. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press". Comparative Political Studies. 43 (10): 1317–1321. doi:10.1177/0010414010371186. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/world/middleeast/mistrust-threatens-delicate-balance-at-a-sacred-site-in-jerusalem-.html
  9. Hassner, Ron E. (2014). Religion in the Military Worldwide. ISBN 978-1107037021. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  10. Hassner, Ron E. (18 June 2016). Religion on the Battlefield. ISBN 978-0801451072. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/capsule-review/2017-04-14/religion-battlefield
  12. https://search.proquest.com/openview/fceb1f8c194085f164b5f363b5bc5320/1

External links[edit]

  • Faculty page at U.C. Berkeley[1]
  • Google scholar [2]

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