City of Stone

Author: Meron Benvenisti
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520207688
Format: PDF, ePub
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Benvenisti Juxtaposes various eras, dynasties, and rulers in Israel's 3,000 year history in ways that provide comparative insights.

The Cambridge World History Volume 3 Early Cities in Comparative Perspective 4000 BCE 1200 CE

Author: Norman Yoffee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316297748
Format: PDF, Docs
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From the fourth millennium BCE to the early second millennium CE the world became a world of cities. This volume explores this critical transformation, from the appearance of the earliest cities in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the rise of cities in Asia and the Mediterranean world, Africa, and the Americas. Through case studies and comparative accounts of key cities across the world, leading scholars chart the ways in which these cities grew as nodal points of pilgrimages and ceremonies, exchange, storage and redistribution, and centres for defence and warfare. They show how in these cities, along with their associated and restructured countrysides, new rituals and ceremonies connected leaders with citizens and the gods, new identities as citizens were created, and new forms of power and sovereignty emerged. They also examine how this unprecedented concentration of people led to disease, violence, slavery and subjugations of unprecedented kinds and scales.

Jerusalem Unbound

Author: Michael Dumper
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537352
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Jerusalem's formal political borders reveal neither the dynamics of power in the city nor the underlying factors that make an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians so difficult. The lines delineating Israeli authority are frequently different from those delineating segregated housing or areas of uneven service provision or parallel national electoral districts of competing educational jurisdictions. In particular, the city's large number of holy sites and restricted religious compounds create enclaves that continually threaten to undermine the Israeli state's authority and control over the city. This lack of congruity between political control and the actual spatial organization and everyday use of the city leaves many areas of occupied East Jerusalem in a kind of twilight zone where citizenship, property rights, and the enforcement of the rule of law are ambiguously applied. Michael Dumper plots a history of Jerusalem that examines this intersecting and multileveled matrix and in so doing is able to portray the constraints on Israeli control over the city and the resilience of Palestinian enclaves after forty-five years of Israeli occupation. Adding to this complex mix is the role of numerous external influences -- religious, political, financial, and cultural -- so that the city is also a crucible for broader contestation. While the Palestinians may not return to their previous preeminence in the city, neither will Israel be able to assert a total and irreversible dominance. His conclusion is that the city will not only have to be shared, but that the sharing will be based upon these many borders and the interplay between history, geography, and religion.

The Imagined and Real Jerusalem in Art and Architecture

Author: Jeroen Goudeau
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 900427085X
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In The Imagined and Real Jerusalem in Art and Architecture specialists in various fields of art history, from Early Christian times to the present, discuss in depth a series of Western artworks, artefacts, and buildings, which question the visualization of Jerusalem.

The Holy City of Jerusalem

Author: Marcia Amidon Lüsted
Publisher: Lucent
ISBN: 9781590180280
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Provides an overview of the history of Jerusalem, focusing on some of the city's architecture.

The Holy City of Jerusalem

Author: Veronika Olivas
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated
ISBN:
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This book offers a comprehensive listing of resources on Jerusalem's history, politics and government, ethnic relations, social conditions, and international status.

Jerusalem and Its Role in Islamic Solidarity

Author: Yitzhak Reiter
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230607828
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The book deals with the role of Jerusalem as a central religious-political symbol, and with the processes by which symbols of faith and sanctity are being employed in a political struggle. It examines the current Islamic ethos towards Jerusalem and the affinity between this religious ethos and the political aspirations of the Palestinians and other Arab and Islamic groups. It also compares current Jewish and Muslim narratives and processes of denial and de-legitimizing the affiliation of the other to the holy city and its sacred shrines and addresses the question whether religious outlook forms a major barrier for achieving peace in the Israeli-Arab arena.