An Aesthetic Occupation: The Immediacy of Architecture and the Palestine Conflict

An Aesthetic Occupation: The Immediacy of Architecture and the Palestine Conflict

by Daniel Bertand Monk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822328038

ISBN-13: 9780822328032

Pub. Date: 03/18/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In An Aesthetic Occupation Daniel Bertrand Monk unearths the history of the unquestioned political immediacy of “sacred” architecture in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Monk combines groundbreaking archival research with theoretical insights to examine in particular the Mandate era—the period in the first half of the

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In An Aesthetic Occupation Daniel Bertrand Monk unearths the history of the unquestioned political immediacy of “sacred” architecture in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Monk combines groundbreaking archival research with theoretical insights to examine in particular the Mandate era—the period in the first half of the twentieth century when Britain held sovereignty over Palestine. While examining the relation between monuments and mass violence in this context, he documents Palestinian, Zionist, and British attempts to advance competing arguments concerning architecture’s utility to politics.
Succumbing neither to the view that monuments are autonomous figures onto which political meaning has been projected, nor to the obverse claim that in Jerusalem shrines are immediate manifestations of the political, Monk traces the reciprocal history of both these positions as well as describes how opponents in the conflict debated and theorized their own participation in its self-representation. Analyzing controversies over the authenticity of holy sites, the restorations of the Dome of the Rock, and the discourse of accusation following the Buraq, or Wailing Wall, riots of 1929, Monk discloses for the first time that, as combatants looked to architecture and invoked the transparency of their own historical situation, they simultaneously advanced—and normalized—the conflict’s inability to account for itself.
This balanced and unique study will appeal to anyone interested in Israel or Zionism, the Palestinians, the Middle East conflict, Jerusalem, or its monuments. Scholars of architecture, political theory, and religion, as well as cultural and critical studies will also be informed by its arguments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822328032
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/18/2002
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Glossary
Note on Transliteration
Preface
Introduction: The Foundation Stone of Our National Existence, without Exaggeration1
Pt. IStone
1A Hieroglyph Designed by God17
Pt. IITile
2An Unmistakable Sign33
3You are Blind to the Meaning of the Dome of the Rock45
4Cataclysm and Pogrom: An Exergue on the Naming of Violence73
Pt. IIIPaper
5Sir Alfred Mond's After-Dinner Eloquence83
6Designs on Our Holy Places99
Pt. IVCelluloid
Conclusion: A Terrible Caricature129
Notes133
Bibliography197
Index229

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