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Children's LiteratureJerusalem, located in an area called the Judean Hills, is the capital of the country of Israel. Unlike many cities Jerusalem did not develop because of natural geographical features, such as being near a water source or offering fertile planting land that would make it a desirable settlement location. Instead, Jerusalem developed because it was the religious center of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jerusalem is often called the world's most holy city. Nevertheless, the city is not without controversy among religious groups. Portions of Jerusalem have often been the object of wars between neighboring countries: One of the most religious structures in the Islamic faith occupies the same space that once held a religious structure important to the Judaic and Christian faiths. Chapters about Jerusalem's different cultures will enable the reader to understand how all of these faiths are important to Jerusalem's heritage. Photographs of outdoor markets and school children are mixed with archival photos and fact boxes to give the reader information about the city and its development. Supplemental pages include a glossary, an index, recommended web sites, and a timeline. This is an excellent resource for the middle school collection. This book is part of the "Great Cities of the World" series, which currently includes thirty titles. 2005, World Almanac Library/Gareth Stevens, Ages 10 up.