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The Other Jerusalem: Rethinking the History of the Sacred City
January 23, 2020

Jerusalem’s contested history and the ongoing rapid changes the city is witnessing make necessary a renewed look at how modern Jerusalem has come to be.

We are proud to announce the release of “The Other Jerusalem: Rethinking the History of the Sacred City,” co-published with the Jerusalem-based Khalid Library as part of a series to appear in Arabic and English over 2020. A collection of articles from the Journal of Palestine Studies and the Jerusalem Quarterly, the book offers readers an account of the city’s complex and multi-faceted history from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The publication of this book was possible thanks to a grant by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development managed by Taawon (Welfare Association).

There have been countless works written on Jerusalem, often framing it as a holy city central to the three Abrahamic faiths. However, modern accounts of Jerusalem have come to privilege Zionist narratives and claims to the city. Such ideologically motivated representations deny us an understanding of Jerusalem’s rich intercommunal traditions and the true scope of its modern development since the 19th century. Providing a balanced approach is a core part of the mission of the Journal of Palestine Studies and its sister publication, the Jerusalem Quarterly, whose long-standing focus on the history, geography, archaeology, sociology and future of Jerusalem is featured in this selection of outstanding articles from both journals. The contested modern history and the rapid changes Jerusalem has witnessed over the past two centuries provide the essential background to these articles, which illuminate lesser-known aspects of the multi-dimensional story of Jerusalem. Preserving this story as part of the history of the Holy City is also central to the mission of the co-publisher of this series, the Khalidi Library, for over a century.

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