Reinventing Jerusalem by Simone Ricca
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Reinventing Jerusalem
By Simone Ricca

Reinventing Jerusalem

Israel's Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter After 1967

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Reinventing Jerusalem by Simone Ricca

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The Jewish quarter of Jerusalem today seems like an organic fusion of a modern Israeli city with an ancient Jewish heritage. However, as Simone Ricca details in this fascinating book, the aesthetics of the Jewish Quarter were deliberately planned and executed by Israel after it was occupied during the 1967 war. Secular-nationalist as well as religious politicians agreed that it should be turned in to the capital of the Jewish nation, and that it should be excavated and developed in such a way as to create a sense of continuity with the Jewish people's historical claims to the land. Zionist ideology was thus translated in to bricks and mortar as modern civic amenities were constructed around historic sites, such as the Wailing Wall and the Hurva Synagogue. Ricca examines the politics of heritage conservation, and shows that the Old City's reconstruction did not so much preserve the past as inscribe an identity on to the future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845113872
ISBN-10: 184511387X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simone Ricca

Simone Ricca is an architect who has worked throughout the Middle East on UNESCO heritage and reconstruction projects. He has a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Exeter

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