Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War
Edited by
Salim Tamari
Institute for Palestine Studies in collaboration with Badil
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A compilation of essays on the fate of the Arab neighborhoods and villages of Western Jerusalem that were either destroyed or appropriated by Israel during the 1948 war. The book includes six maps and 20 photographs.


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.

Table of Contents
Introduction: The Phantom City
Chapter One: Ottoman Jerusalem
Chapter Two: The Growth of the Western Communities
Chapter Three: The City and its Rural Hinterland
Chapter Four: The Fall of the New City
Chapter Five: Photographing Jerusalem at War
Chapter Six: Assessing Palestinian Property in the City
Chapter Seven: Dispossession and Restitution
Chapter Eight: Documenting Arab Property in West Jerusalem
a. Problems of Documentation
b. Notes on UNCCP Records on Land and Landowners
I. The fall of the Old City (The Mavrides Diaries)
Diaries (May 15 - December 30, 1948)
II. The Growth of the Namamreh Quarter in Baq'a
List of Maps
Photographic Section
Reviews from the Journals