Pilgrims, Lepers and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem’s Cultural History


This anthology contains eleven contributions by historians, sociologists and anthropologists on issues pertaining to Jerusalem’s recent history. What unites them is an attempt to go beyond the conventional paradigms and themes that have prevailed, so far, among Arab and Palestinian historians. The objective is not to undermine any of this existing stock of writings, whose underlying assumption is often ideological, but rather to transcend these paradigms, into a new history which is critical and reflective.

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About the Author(s)

Editors:Issam Nassar,Salim Tamari

Issam NASSAR is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Illinois State University. He previously was on faculty at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and was the associate director of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies. He is also associate editor of Jerusalem Quarterly.

Salim TAMARI is IPS senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies. He is editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Hawliyyat al Quds.

He is professor of sociology at Birzeit University and an adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He has authored several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include: Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI (UC Press, 2010) Ihsan's War: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited with I. Nassar,2007, Beirut IPS); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem's Cultural History (edited, with I. Nassar, IJS, 2005) and Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor, IJS, 2005).

Tamari has served as visiting professor, University of California at Berkeley (2005, 2007, 2008); Eric Lane Fellow, Cambridge University (2008); lecturer in Mediterranean Studies Venice University (2002-present); among other posts.


Institute of Jerusalem Studies and The Centre for Jerusalem Studies at al Quds University
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