Few cities around the world transcend their physical boundaries the way Jerusalem does. As the spiritual capital of monotheism, Jerusalem has ancient roots and legacies that have imposed themselves on its inhabitants throughout the centuries. In modern times, and aside from all the religious complexities, Jerusalem has become enmeshed in the Palestinian and Israeli national identities and political aspirations, which have involved and dragged into the fray other actors from around the world.
Consisting of 35 chapters from leading specialists, the Routledge Handbook on Jerusalem provides a broad spectrum of studies related to the city and its history. Beginning with a historical overview starting from the end of the Bronze age, the chapters go on to look at a range of topics including:
- religious symbolism and pilgrimage
- religious and social relations
- social and economic history
- architecture and archaeology
By bringing together contributions from leading scholars of different disciplines, this Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the various layers that make up this unique and special city. It will appeal to students and scholars of Middle East Studies, religion and cultural history, and anyone with an interest in learning more about Jerusalem.
Table of Contents
A. Historical Perspectives: Ancient–Medieval. Chapter 1 Jerusalem from Its Beginnings to the End of the Late Bronze Age – Eyal Meiron. Chapter 2 Jerusalem in the First Temple Period – Kyle H. Keimer. Chapter 3 From the Babylonian Exile through the Hasmonean Period – Joshua Schwartz. Chapter 4 Herodian Jerusalem – Orit Peleg-Barkat. Chapter 5 Aelia Capitolina – Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah. Chapter 6 Byzantine Jerusalem – Ute Verstegen. Chapter 7 Jerusalem in Early Islam: The Making of the Muslims’ Holy City – Suleiman A. Mourad. Chapter 8 The Crusader Period – Adrian J. Boas. Chapter 9 Jerusalem in the Ayyubid and Mamluk Periods – Zayde Antrim. B. Historical Perspectives: Early-Modern–Modern. Chapter 10 Ottoman Jerusalem, 1517–1918 – Yuval Ben-Bassat and Johann Büssow. Chapter 11 Jerusalem in the Transition from Empire to Mandate – Abigail Jacobson. Chapter 12 British Jerusalem – Thomas Abowd. Chapter 13 Nationalizing Jerusalem: The Holy City under Jordanian Rule – Kimberly Katz. Chapter 14 Israeli Jerusalem: Seven Decades Since 1948 – Yitzhak Reiter. C. Monuments, Art, Literature & Urban Space. Chapter 15 The Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Megan Boomer and Robert G. Ousterhout. Chapter 16 The Dome of the Rock – Alain George. Chapter 17 Representations of Jerusalem in Jewish Art and Literature in the Late Antique, Medieval, and Modern Periods – Shulamit Laderman. Chapter 18 The Western Wall or Kotel – Dotan Goren. Chapter 19 Moments of Transformation in the Urban Order of Jerusalem – Wendy Pullan. Chapter 20 Jerusalem in Palestinian Poetry – Atef Alshaer. D. Ritual, Representation & Meaning. Chapter 21 Jerusalem as Ritual Space – Jeremy D. Smoak. Chapter 22 Death and Burial in Iron Age Jerusalem: A View from the Silwan Necropolis – Matthew J. Suriano. Chapter 23 Jewish Religious Symbolism and Pilgrimage – Daniel R. Schwartz. Chapter 24 The Heavenly Jerusalem and the Earthly Jerusalem – Oliver Larry Yarbrough. Chapter 25 Christian Religious Symbolism and Pilgrimage – Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos. Chapter 26 Jerusalem Temples to Jerusalem Rocks before the Coming of Islam – Naomi Koltun-Fromm. Chapter 27 Jerusalem in Maps – Rehav Rubin. Chapter 28 The Holy City and Medieval Europe – Giuseppe Perta. Chapter 29 Acquiring Jerusalem – Annabel Jane Wharton. Chapter 30 Jerusalem and Eschatology – Ora Limor. E. Contestation. Chapter 31 150 Years of Archaeology and Controversy in Jerusalem – Raphael Greenberg. Chapter 32 Between the Nations: The Sepulchre in Intercommunal and International Dynamics – Georgios Tsourous. Chapter 33 Intercommunal Relations during the British Mandate – Laura Robson. Chapter 34 The Armenians of Jerusalem in the Modern Period: The Rise and Decline of a Community – Bedross Der Matossian. Chapter 35 Jerusalem in the Peace Process – Menachem Klein
Suleiman A. Mourad is historian of Islam and Professor of Religion at Smith College. He is also Associate Fellow at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, France.
Naomi Koltun-Fromm is Associate Professor of Religion at Haverford College, USA. She specializes in late ancient Jewish and Christian intellectual and theological histories.
Bedross Der Matossian is Associate Professor of Middle East History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.