Resources

Here are a few links to resources for research and further study on many Jerusalem-related topics.

Recommended readings

Note: I’ve placed books owned by Mugar library on reserve for this course. If you cannot find one of these titles on reserve, please check the BU online library (“millennium”) catalogue. It may either be on order, available online, or owned by another BU library (School of Theology library that does not place titles on reserve for CAS classes). Please do not check out books owned by the library that are not on reserve, so that others can access them as well.

Abu El Haj, Facts on the Ground (Chicago 2002) (An anthropological study of the modern Israeli community of archeological scholars responsible for excavating in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel, their cultural practices and ideological commitments. A much debated, controversial book.)

Amirav, Moshe, Jerusalem Syndrome (Sussex 2009). (Translated from the Hebrew. Author is a former right-wing, now left-of-center political maverick who advised then Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Jerusalem issues during the failed Camp David negotiations of 2000. Lays out policy goals articulated by the State of Israel in the wake of the 1967 conquest of East Jerusalem and explains why they failed.)

Asali, K. L., Jerusalem in History (New York 2000). (Probably the best comprehensive history of the city available in paperback. Each chapter is written by a different author, each a specialist in the era he covers. The editing of the book is less than perfect (some Arabic terms are left unexplained, timelines are not very helpful), a fact that may be excused only to some decree when considering that the editor died before the book was done.)

Bar Yosef, Eitan, The Holy Land in English Culture 1799-1917 (Oxford 2005). (An exquisite study of British cultural infatuation with the Holy Land; juxtaposes how ideas about the Holy Land shaped British attitudes toward their own country and national destiny as well as the manner of their engagement with the Palestine previous to its conquest during the Great War.)

Eliav, Yaron, God’s Mountain. The Temple Mount in Time, Place, and Memory (Johns Hopkins 2005). (Studies the emergence of the focus on the Temple Mount that has become particularly contested since 1967 and shows how the mount itself became a surrogate sacred place only after the destruction of the second temple.) This book is not owned by Mugar but you can find it at the School of Theology library.

Gerber, H., Remembering and Imagining Palestine: Identity and Nationalism from the Crusades to the Present (Palgrave 2008).* (Written by an established scholar of Islamic history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, this book shows how Palestinian identity preceded and endured beyond its conflict with modern British colonialism and the advent of Zionism. Excellent work in that it critically engages recent theories of nationalism as “invented traditions.”)

Goldhill, Simon, Jerusalem. City of Longing (Harvard Belknap 2008). (Well written popular introduction to the Holy City and its meanings to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The author is a highly reputed Classicist and academic, but this book is not really meant as a scholarly contribution.)

Gorenberg, Gershom, The End of Days (The Free Press 2000) (Popular, journalistic account of the Jewish “underground” and its desire to hasten the building of the “third temple” and the apocalyptic eschatologies, both Christian and Jewish, that fuel this desire.)

Grabar, Oleg,  The Dome of the Rock (Harvard Belknap 2006). (Written by a preeminent historian of Islamic art.)

Grabar, Oleg, The Shape of the Holy (Princeton 1996). (Quite possibly the most illuminating book on the Haram ash-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem.) Mugar does not own this book but you can find it in the School of Theology library.

Khalidi, Rashid, The Iron Cage (Boston: Beacon Press, 2006). A second copy of this title may be found at the Law Annex, an interesting library, tucked away in the basement at the back of Mugar, with an outside entrance of its own.

Morris, C., The Sepulchre of Christ and the Medieval West. From the Beginning to 1600 (Oxford 2005) (Excellent historical study by a professional medievalist.)

Wasserstein, Bernard, Divided Jerusalem (Yale University Press, 3rd edition 2008). (A study of modern Jerusalem, from Ottoman times until c. 2000, the time when American mediation, under President Clinton, failed to achieve a settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Second or Al aqsa Intifada broke out. Wasserstein is a consummate diplomatic historian and his narrative draws heavily on diplomatic archives, esp. from the British mandatory archives and the State of Israel.)

Wharton, Annabel J., Selling Jerusalem. Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago 2006).* (Written by an art historian; reflects on how Jerusalem has been represented outside of Jerusalem through the ages.)

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