Cities of God and Nationalism: Rome, Mecca, and Jerusalem as Contested Sacred World Cities

Cities of God and Nationalism: Rome, Mecca, and Jerusalem as Contested Sacred World Cities

by Khaldoun Samman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594512949

ISBN-13: 9781594512940

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Far from spawning an age of tolerance, modernity has created the social basis of division and exclusion. This book elaborates this provocative claim as it explores the rich but divided histories of three cities located at the crossroads of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Many observers presume that violence is built into these sacred cities because their citizens

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Far from spawning an age of tolerance, modernity has created the social basis of division and exclusion. This book elaborates this provocative claim as it explores the rich but divided histories of three cities located at the crossroads of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Many observers presume that violence is built into these sacred cities because their citizens cling to religious or cultural ideals of some archaic age; only when this history is overcome can citizens enter a new age of brotherhood. Samman persuades us to refocus our attention on modernity, which has instilled troubling new techniques of identity formation. He shows how these sacred places long ago entered the modern world where global political and economic forces exacerbate nationalism and regional divisions. If we are to resolve deep conflicts we must reimagine the institutional basis on which modernity, rather than religion, is built.

About the Author:
Khaldoun Samman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Macalester College, Minnesota

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594512940
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Modernity, Religion, and Violence: Sacred Cities and the Roots of Conflict     1
Liberating Sacred Cities from Religion or Modernity?     1
Imagined Communities: National versus Civilizational     13
The Limits of the Time-Immemorial Perspective     22
Re-Imagining Sacred Spaces     31
The Making of Sacred World Cities: How Christianity and Islam Transformed Identities     33
The Foundations of Universalistic Sacred World Cities     33
Christians and Muslims Transform Jerusalem     61
The Crystallization of Empire: Rome and Mecca in the Classical Period     69
Two Competing Empires at a Crossroads: The Crusades and the Contest over Jerusalem     87
Rome, Mecca, and the Coming of Modernity     97
The City That Floats above Nations: Rome amid a Fractured Europe in the Age of Reformation and Nationalism     99
Mecca: The Pan-Islamic City and the Withering of the Ottoman Empire     121
Modernity and the Unraveling of Jerusalem     143
From Porous Frontiers to Policed Borders: Palestine and the Coming of Modernity     146
Zionism's Devastating Impact on Jerusalem     156
Religious Fundamentalist Zionism: Strange Bedfellows     170
Jerusalem as Imagined by PalestinianNationalists     192
Conclusion     207
Beyond Nationalism: Jerusalem and the Negation of Peoplehood     209
Time to Say Goodbye to the People     211
"Tolerant Nationalists": Blurring the Binaries?     213
The Other Is inside the Self     216
Bibliography     221
Index     239
About the Author     247

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