My Jerusalem: Essays, Reminiscences, and Poems

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A passionate and eclectic collection of essays, poems, and scholarship that brings to life Jerusalem, in its embattled, contemporary guise as well as in its ancient history. The book begins in the immediacy of today's Jerusalem - with its dispossession and laws, its bloody conflicts and massive skyscrapers - and moves backward in time to Classical Jerusalem, working to disentangle the knots of the three great monotheistic religions, and finally comes to rest in a section that is a testament to the physical facts ...
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Overview

A passionate and eclectic collection of essays, poems, and scholarship that brings to life Jerusalem, in its embattled, contemporary guise as well as in its ancient history. The book begins in the immediacy of today's Jerusalem - with its dispossession and laws, its bloody conflicts and massive skyscrapers - and moves backward in time to Classical Jerusalem, working to disentangle the knots of the three great monotheistic religions, and finally comes to rest in a section that is a testament to the physical facts of Jerusalem: its monuments and alleys, its smells, its music, its people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566565493
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Jerusalem 10
The Arabs, Islam, and Jerusalem 15
Jerusalem as the key issue 20
Jerusalem : occupation and challenges to urban identity 33
The urban transformation of Jerusalem after 1967 45
The Jerusalem question in international law : the way to a solution 56
Holy places, unholy domination : the scramble for Jerusalem 71
Jerusalem and the forgotten documents 91
Jerusalem in Arab-Israeli negotiations 101
'Umar's assurance of safety to the people of Aelia (Islamic Jerusalem) : a critical analytical study of historical sources 109
Jerusalem as the city of God's Kingdom : common tropes in the Bible and the ancient Near East 129
Reporting the Jehoash inscription : an exclusivist claim to Israel 145
The Zionist claims to al-Haram al-Sharif and al-Aqsa Mosque : a biblical perspective 155
Space and holiness in medieval Jerusalem 161
The Hezekiah narrative as a foundation myth for Jerusalem's rise to sovereignty 174
From Jebu 189
I lived in Jerusalem 193
I lived in Jerusalem 196
A lily called Jerusalem 201
A room 203
A Jerusalemite painter remembers 205
Jerusalem song 209
A multiple identity 210
Jerusalem in 1923 : the impressions of a young European 217
Diaspora, step by step 242
Jerusalem sunflower 245
City of olive branches 246
Islamic architectural character of Jerusalem : with special description of the al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock 248
Jerusalem and I : a personal record 254
My city denied to me 257
The mosque of Omar 262
The thrice-loved land 267
I returned to Jerusalem 269
This city 273
From Shepherd to painter 275
Hamza Aweiwi, a shoemaker 281
Jerusalem reminiscences 283
We are Icarus 285
The debris of memory 286
Jerusalem 290
"Checkpotht" 291
Jerusalem is the door to my love 300
Poem to Jerusalem and death in Jerusalem 301
The Mukhtar and I : my very last summer in Jerusalem 304
The Muslim quarter 312
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