Jerusalem has probably cast more of a spell over the human imagination than any other city in the world.Held by believers to contain the site where Abraham offered up Isaac، the place of the crucifixion of Christ and the rock from which the prophet Muhammed ascended to heaven، Jerusalem has been celebrated and revered for centuries by Jews، Christians and Muslims. Such is the symbolic power of this ancient city that its future status poses a major obstacle to a comprehensive regional peace in the Middle East.
In this comprehensive and elegantly written work، Karen Armstrong traces the turbulent history of the city from the prehistoric era to the present day.
Paperback: 496 pages Author: Karen Armstrong Publisher: HarperPerennial (January 3، 2005) Language: English Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
About the Author Karen Armstrong spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and now teaches at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and the Training of Rabbis and Teachers.
In 1999 she was awarded the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award. Since September 11، 2001 she has been a frequent contributor to conferences، panels، newspapers and periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic on the subject of Islam and fundamentalism.
`A History of Jerusalem should be read، not only by travellers and potential travellers in Jerusalem، but by all of us.' Stephen Tummin، Daily Telegraph
`A wonderful book: wise and compassionate، lucid and intelligent، balanced and fair.'William Dalrymple
`A triumph'Ian Gilmour، London Review of Books
`Splendid... essential reading for Jews، Christians and Muslims alike.' John Ash، Washington Post
`Deftly told... Armstrong is a knowledgable guide، and this is a sober and articulate tour of a complex subject and a city where، as she puts it، history is a dimension of the present.' James Owen، Literary Review
From The New York Times In the last century، the English landscape artist Edward Lear did a lovely painting of Jerusalem، a golden city floating majestically against purple hills dotted with biblical shepherds. It was an image familiar then as now to many Jews، Christians and Muslims: Jerusalem the heavenly city، the city of peace، the Holy City.
From publishers weekly British religious scholar Armstrong (A History of God) has written a provocative، splendid historical portrait of Jerusalem that will reward those seeking to fathom a strife-torn city. Her overarching theme، that Jerusalem has been central to the experience and ""sacred geography"" of Jews، Muslims and Christians and thus has led to deadly struggles for dominance، is a familiar one، yet she brings to her sweeping، profusely illustrated narrative a grasp of sociopolitical conditions seldom found in other books. Armstrong spares none of the three monotheisms in her critique of intolerant policies as she ponders the supreme irony that the Holy City، revered by the faithful as symbol and site of harmony and integration، has been a contentious place where the faiths have fought constantly، not only with one another but within themselves، in bitter factions. Her condemnation of Israel's 1967 annexation of the Old City and East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War (""It was impossible for Israelis to see the matter objectively، since at the [Western Wall] they had encountered the Jewish soul"")، however، pushes too far her theme of sacred geography as the physical embodiment of motivating myths and legends. (May)