Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (Google eBook)
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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Review: Jerusalem: One City, Three FaithsUser Review - Puck Duimdus - Goodreads
Another classic about the history of Western religion. I am a great fan of Armstrong's personal writing style, but I admit that it is a matter of taste. Read full review
Review: Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (Softcover)User Review - K. Euler - Goodreads
Effective in its choice to provide a broad history, although some major events seemed to have a superficial exploration as a consequence. A very religiously centric, dense read. Overall, an interesting introduction to the city's history. Read full review