City of Stone by Meron Benvenisti
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City of Stone
By Meron Benvenisti

City of Stone

The Hidden History of Jerusalem

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City of Stone by Meron Benvenisti

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Jerusalem is more than a holy city built of stone. Domain of Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is a perpetual contest, and its shrines, housing projects, and bulldozers compete in a scramble for possession. Now one of Jerusalem's most respected authorities presents a history of the city that does not fall prey to any one version of its past. Meron Benvenisti begins with a reflection on the 1996 celebration of Jerusalem's 3000-year anniversary as the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. He then juxtaposes eras, dynasties, and rulers in ways that provide grand comparative insights. But unlike recent politically motivated histories written to justify the claims of Jews and Arabs now living in Jerusalem, Benvenisti has no such agenda. His history is a polyphonic story that lacks victors as well as vanquished. He describes the triumphs and defeats of all the city's residents, from those who walk its streets today to the meddlesome ghosts who linger in its shadows. Benvenisti focuses primarily on the twentieth century, but ancient hatreds are constantly discovered just below the surface. These hostilities have created intense social, cultural, and political interactions that Benvenisti weaves into a compelling human story. For him, any claim to the city means recognizing its historical diversity and multiple populations. A native son of Jerusalem, Benvenisti knows the city well, and his integrated history makes clear that all of Jerusalem's citizens have enriched the Holy City in the past. It is his belief that they can also do so in the future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520207684
ISBN-10: 0520207688
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 283
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Meron Benvenisti

Son of the Cypresses by Meron Benvenisti Son of the Cypresses, Hardback (April 2007)

Meron Benvenisti, internationally known author and columnist, Jerusalem native, and scion of Israel's founders, was born in Palestine in 1934 to a Sephardic father and an Ashkenazi mother. Part memoir and part political polemic, this title combines Benvenisti's own story through the story of Israel, presenting an account of pre-state Jerusalem.

Abu Ghraib by Meron Benvenisti Abu Ghraib, Paperback (December 2004)

Nine essaysists tackle what the prison abuse scandal means for America now and in the future and what it says about how Americans see themselves and how they are percieved by others.

Sacred Landscape by Meron Benvenisti Sacred Landscape, Paperback (February 2002)

Explains how an Arab landscape, physical and human, was transformed into an Israeli, Jewish state. This book discusses the process by which Hebrew nomenclature replaced the Arabic names of more than 9,000 natural features, villages, and ruins in Eretz Israel/Palestine (his name for the Holy Land, thereby defining it as a land of Jews and Arabs).

Intimate Enemies by Meron Benvenisti Intimate Enemies, Hardback (September 1995)

Argues that there are Israeli Jews and Palestinians who can envision an undivided land, where attachment to a common homeland is stronger than militant tribalism and segregation in national ghettos.

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US Kirkus Review » A wonderfully lucid historical, sociological, cultural, and religious guide to the world's most revered and conflict-ridden city, where "the myths of the ancient fathers are the essence of local politics." A former deputy mayor of Jerusalem and author of, most recently, Intimate Enemies: Jews and Arabs in a Shared Land (1995), Benvenisti notes how both Jews and Arabs have greatly expanded Jerusalem's borders since Israel and Jordan agreed to divide the city in 1948, and particularly since Israel's conquest of East Jerusalem and the city's reunification in 1967. He is especially interesting on the anthropology of urban development, noting how "every house built and every tree planted came to be seen as a quasi-military stronghold in the national struggle for spatial and demographic dominance." Benvenisti parcels out blame to all sides for the interreligious suspicions and neighborhood balkanization that characterize the city's political and socioeconomic life. For example, although longtime Mayor Teddy Kollek preached the glories of an "urban [ethnic] mosaic," his administration practiced otherwise: Only six percent of his proposed 1992 budget was earmarked for Arab neighborhoods. Yet Israeli rule has benefited the Arab population economically and must be seen in the context of the Jordanian occupation of East Jerusalem (1948 - 67), when 80 percent of the 50,000 Jewish gravestones on the Mount of Olives were desecrated. Benvenisti writes especially well on the intricate spiritual politics of the Temple Mount (site of the city's two great mosques, as well as the Western Wall, its sacred revered Jewish site), and clearly summarizes the major approaches to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute over Jerusalem, while wisely steering clear of endorsing any single approach. This well-written, clear-headed work is a significant contribution to the pursuit of a diplomatic agreement on Jerusalem. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Meron Benvenisti

Meron Benvenisti is a former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and the author of numerous books, including Conflicts and Contradictions (1986) and Intimate Enemies: Jews and Arabs in a Shared Land (California, 1995).

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