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Author Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-

Title Jerusalem : the biography / Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Published London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  956.9442 SEBA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxxiii, 638 pages,32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations(some colour), maps ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- Part one: Judaism -- The world of David -- The rise of David -- The Kingdom and the temple -- The kings of Judah -- The whore of Babylon -- The Persians -- The Macedonians -- The Maccabees -- The Romans arrive -- The Herods -- Jesus Christ -- The last of the Herods -- Jewish wars: the death of Jerusalem -- Part two: Paganism -- Aelia Capitolina -- Part three: Christianity -- The apogee of Byzantium -- Sunset of the Byzantines: Persian invasion -- Part four: Islam -- The Arab conquest -- The Umayyads: the temple restored -- The Abbasids: distant masters -- The Fatimids: tolerance and lunacy -- Part five: Crusade -- The slaughter -- The rise of Outremer -- The golden age of Outremer -- Stalemate -- The Leper-King -- Saladin -- The Third Crusade: Saladin and Richard -- The Saladin Dynasty -- Part six: Mamluk -- Slave to Sultan -- Decline of the Mamluks -- Part seven: Ottoman -- The magnificence of Suleiman -- Mystics and messiahs -- The families -- Part eight: empire -- Napoleon in the Holy Land -- The new romantics: Chateaubriand and Disraeli -- The Albanian conquest -- The evangelists -- The new city -- The new religion -- Arab city, Imperial city -- Russians -- Part nine: Zionism -- The Kaiser -- The Oud-player of Jerusalem -- World War -- Arab revolt, Balfour declaration -- The Christmas present -- The victors and the spoils -- The British mandate -- The Arab revolt -- The dirty war -- Jewish independence, Arab catastrophe -- Divided -- Six days -- Epilogue.
Summary Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilisations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East? This book is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women - kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores - who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem.
Subject Arab-Israeli conflict -- History.
Jerusalem -- History.
Jerusalem -- Religion.
Jerusalem -- Civilization.
Jerusalem -- Kings and rulers.
ISBN 9780297852650 (hardback)
0297852655 (hardback)

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