The Politics of Sacred Space

The Politics of Sacred Space : The Old City of Jerusalem in the Middle East Conflict

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Sacred to three traditions, the Old City of Jerusalem is the Gordian knot at the center of the Middle East conflict. This book explores how religious and political interests compete for control of this sacred space, and how that competition affects the Middle East peace process. Dumper analyzes the religious dynamics in the Old City in political terms, investigating rivalries and tensions at three interrelated levels: among regional and international interests, among the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish establishments, and among sects and factions within the religions. A revealing portrait emerges of an ancient city in the context of contemporary change, central to the attainment of a lasting peace in the region.
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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 158826016X
  • 9781588260161

Table of contents

Introduction: Studying the Old City of Jerusalem. * The Background to the Struggle. * The Jewish Community: The Role of Israeli Settler Groups. * The Muslim Community: Religious Endowments and the Awqaf Administration. * The Christian Community: Unity and Disunity. * The Old City and the Peace Process.
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"Mick Dumper advances our understanding of the role that the Old City plays in deciding the contours of any future Palestinian-Israeli relationship. He offers a powerful argument providing a template for future negotiations between the main parties." - Clive Jones
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About Michael Dumper

Michael Dumper is senior lecturer in Middle East politics and director of the Graduate School of Historical, Political, Administrative and Sociological Studies, University of Exeter. His publications include Islam and Israel: Muslim Religious Endowments and the Israeli State and The Politics of Jerusalem Since 1967.
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