Tourism, Religion and Pilgrimage in Jerusalem

By Kobi Cohen-Hattab, Noam Shoval

© 2015 – Routledge

206 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138780989
pub: 2014-06-22
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About the Book

Jerusalem is a city with a singular nature. Home to three religions, it contains spiritual meaning for people the world over; it is at once a tourist destination and a location with a complex political reality. Tourism, therefore, is an integral part of Jerusalem’s development and its political conflicts.

The book traces tourism and pilgrimage to Jerusalem from the late Ottoman era, through the British Mandate, during the period of the divided city, and to the reunification of the city under Israeli rule. Throughout, the city’s evolution is shown to be intertwined with its tourist industry, as tourist sites, accommodations, infrastructure, and services transform the city’s structures and open spaces. At the same time, tourism is wielded by various parties in an effort to gain political recognition, to bolster territorial control, or to garner support. The city’s future and the role tourism can play in it are examined. While the construction of a “security fence” will have many implications on Jerusalem’s tourist industry, steps are proposed to minimize the effects of the security fence and optimize tourism.

Written by leading academics, this title will be valuable reading for students, academics, and researchers in the fields of tourism, religious studies, geography, history, cultural studies, and anthropology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Jerusalem of Heaven, Jerusalem on Earth 2. Harbingers of Modernization: Pilgrimage and Tourism to Jerusalem in the Late Ottoman Period (1850–1917) 3. When West Meets East: Tourism in Jerusalem under British Rule (1917–1948) 4. The Divided City: The Development of Tourism in East and West Jerusalem (1948–1967) 5. Tourism in the Reunited City (1967–2000) 6. The Role of Tourism in Jerusalem’s Future 7. Tourism in Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future

About the Authors

Kobi Cohen-Hattab is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. His main research interests are historical-geography of tourism, tourism in historical towns, holy places and tourism development, and the evolution of seaside resorts.

Noam Shoval is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main research interests are tourism and culture as tools for urban regeneration, tourism management in heritage cities, and the implementation of advanced tracking technologies for spatial research.

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism