To Rule Jerusalem

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November 2012



To Rule Jerusalem is an historical and ethnographic account of the twentieth-century struggle for Jerusalem. The volume examines how Jerusalem is doubly divided, on the one hand between Israelis and Palestinians, both of whom ground their national identities in the city, as well as within each nation between those who put primacy in the democratic decisions of their nations and those who would yield to a higher divine law. Roger Friedland and Richard Hecht explore how Jerusalem has figured as a battleground in conflicts over the relation between Zionism and Judaism and between Palestinian nationalism and Islam. Based on hundreds of interviews with powerful players and ordinary citizens over the course of a decade, this book evokes the ways in which these conflicts are experienced and managed in the life of the city.


List of maps; List of photographs; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction. To rule Jerusalem;
1. A fearful fusion;
Part I. The Two Zions: Jews against Zionism in Jerusalem:
2. Zion against Zionism;
3. Black Zion;
4. Sabbath wars;
5. To control the center;
Part II. Zion Divine: Jerusalem as the Messianic Central City:
6. A few footsteps for the Messiah;
7. Staking the claim;
8. Building the capital;
9. Suburbs of the Messiah;
10. Defensible borders;
Part III. Birth of a Nation:
11. Platform for Palestine;
12. Zion for Palestine;
13. A state of mind;
14. The Islamic challenge;
15. Baghdad, Berlin and Jerusalem;
Part IV. Heart of Stone:
16. Al-Quds and Tunis;
17. The city that ate Palestine;
18. Heart of stone; Index.


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'To Rule Jerusalem is the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, and a welcome scholarly complement to existing journalistic accounts with a similar focus. It reveals extraordinary insight into the complexities which shape this city, and it is beautifully written ... invaluable reading for anyone concerned with understanding how and why this small city at once holds the key to peace in the Middle East and threatens to undermine all its prospects.' Cecilia Albin, International Affairs
EAN: 9780521440462
ISBN: 0521440467
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Cultural Social Stud'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2012
Seitenanzahl: 574 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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