Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2011 - Religion - 512 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

Venerated for millennia by three faiths, torn by irreconcilable conflict, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for again and again, Jerusalem is a sacred city whose very sacredness has engendered terrible tragedy. In this fascinating volume, Karen Armstrong, author of the highly praised A History of God, traces the history of how Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all laid claim to Jerusalem as their holy place, and how three radically different concepts of holiness have shaped and scarred the city for thousands of years.

Armstrong unfolds a complex story of spiritual upheaval and political transformation--from King David's capital to an administrative outpost of the Roman Empire, from the cosmopolitan city sanctified by Christ to the spiritual center conquered and glorified by Muslims, from the gleaming prize of European Crusaders to the bullet-ridden symbol of the present-day Arab-Israeli conflict.†

Written with grace and clarity, the product of years of meticulous research, Jerusalem combines the pageant of history with the profundity of searching spiritual analysis. Like Karen Armstrong's A History of God, Jerusalem is a book for the ages.
  

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It is one of the books I advice to read to all attending the SJ Jerusalem Programs. Very Good Read full review

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Contents

ZION
3
ISRAEL
22
CITY OF DAVID
37
CITY OF JUDAH
56
EXILE AND RETURN
79
ANTIOCH IN JUDAEA
103
DESTRUCTION
125
AELIA CAPITOLINA
153
ALQUDS
245
CRUSADE
271
JIHAD
295
OTTOMAN CITY
323
REVIVAL
347
ISRAEL
371
ZION?
398
Notes
431

THE NEW JERUSALEM
174
CHRISTIAN HOLY CITY
194
BAYT ALMAQDIS
217

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About the author (2011)

Karen Armstrong's first book, the bestselling Through the Narrow Gate (1981), described her seven years as a nun in a Roman Catholic order. She has published numerous books, including A History of God, which has been translated into thirty languages, A History of Jerusalem and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis. Her more recent works include Islam: A Short History and Buddha, which was an international bestseller. Since 1982 she has been a freelance writer and broadcaster. She lives in London.

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