Jerusalem: Idea and Reality / Edition 1

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Jerusalem, the holy city of three faiths, has been the focus of competing historical, religious, and political narratives from Biblical chronicles to today’s headlines. With an aura that transcends the boundaries of time and place, the city itself embodies different levels of reality – indeed, different realities altogether – for both observers and inhabitants. There is the real Jerusalem, a place of ancient streets and monuments, temples and coffee-houses, religious discourse and political argument. But there is also the imaginary and utopian city that exists in the minds of believers, political strategists, and artists. The study of this multifaceted city poses complex questions that range over several fields of inquiry.

The multidisciplinary studies in Jerusalem offer insights into this complexity. Chapters by leading scholars examine the significant issues that relate to the perception, representation, and status of the city at the historical, religious, social, artistic, and political levels. Together they provide an essential resource for anyone interested in the paradoxes that Jerusalem offers.

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'Jerusalem perhaps turns everyone 'crazy' and one needs books like this to add to our understanding of this great city that has the power to undermine man's greatest faculty: his mind.' - Abu Huzayfa, The Muslim World Book Review, 30:3, 2010
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415421294
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Mayer is a Professor of Geography at Middlebury College and the editor of Women and the Israeli Occupation: the politics of change (Routledge, 1994) and Gender Ironies of Nationalism: sexing the nation (Routledge, 2000). Her research interests focus on the interplay among nationalism, gender, and sexuality, particularly in the Middle East, and on the relationships among nationalism, landscape, and memory

Suleiman Ali Mourad is Assistant Professor of Religion at Smith College, USA. His research focuses on early Islamic history and religious thought, including the sanctity of Jerusalem. He is the author of Early Islam between Myth and History: al-Hasan al-Basri (d. 110H/728CE) and the Formation of His Legacy in Classical Islamic Scholarship (Brill, 2005).

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Table of Contents

List of figures

1 Introduction Tamar Mayer Mayer, Tamar Suleiman Ali Mourad Mourad, Suleiman Ali 1

2 Jerusalem: one city, one faith, one god F. E. Peters Peters, F. E. 14

3 Jerusalem in Jewish history, tradition, and memory Lee I. Levine Levine, Lee I. 27

4 The Temple Mount in Jewish and early Christian traditions: a new look Yaron Z. Eliav Eliav, Yaron Z. 47

5 Early Christian Jerusalem: the city of the cross Oliver Larry Yarbrough Yarbrough, Oliver Larry 67

6 The symbolism of Jerusalem in early Islam Suleiman Ali Mourad Mourad, Suleiman Ali 86

7 The holy fool still speaks: the Jerusalem Syndrome as a religious subculture Alexander Van Der Haven Van Der Haven, Alexander 103

8 Sacred space and mythic time in the early printed maps of Jerusalem Rehav Rubin Rubin, Rehav 123

9 Seeing is believing: Auguste Salzmann and the photographic representation of Jerusalem Emmie Donadio Donadio, Emmie 140

10 Fayruz, the Rahbani Brothers, Jerusalem, and the Leba-stinian song Christopher Stone Stone, Christopher 155

11 Jerusalem in the visual propaganda of post-revolutionary Iran Christiane J. Gruber Gruber, Christiane J. 168

12 Negotiating the city: a perspective of a Jerusalemite Sari Nusseibeh Nusseibeh, Sari 198

13 Jerusalem in the late Ottoman period: historical writing and the native voice Issam Nassar Nassar, Issam 205

14 Jerusalem in and out of focus: the city in Zionist ideology Tamar Mayer Mayer, Tamar 224

15 Administering Jordanian Jerusalem: constructing national identity Kimberly Katz Katz, Kimberly 245

16 The Palestinian political leadership in East Jerusalem after 1967 Elie Rekhess Rekhess, Elie 266

17 Yerushalayim,al-Quds, and the Wizard of Oz: the problem of "Jerusalem" after Camp David II and the Aqsa Intifada Ian S. Lustick Lustick, Ian S. 283

18 Negotiating Jerusalem: reflections of an Israeli negotiator Gilead Sher Sher, Gilead 303


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