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The Politics of Sacred Space: The Old City of Jerusalem in the Middle East Conflict

Author: Michael Dumper
No of pages: 185
Language: English
Dimensions: 15.5X23.5 cm 
ISBN: 978-1-58826-226-4
Publishing House: Rienner

Sacred to three traditions, the Old City of Jerusalem is the Gordian knot at the centre of the Middle East conflict. This book explores how religious and political interests compete for control of this sacred space, and how that competition affects the Middle East peace process.

Dumper analyses the religious dynamics in the Old City in political terms, investigating rivalries and tensions at three interrelated levels: among regional and international interests, among the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish establishments, and among sects and factions within the religions. A revealing portrait emerges of an ancient city in the context of contemporary change, central to the attainment of a lasting peace in the region.

Born in Jerusalem, Born Palestinian
A Memoir

Author: Jacob Nammar
No of pages: 152
Language: English
Dimensions: 13.5X20.5 cm
ISBN: 978-1-56656-886-9
Publishing House: Olive Branch Press

When Jacob Nammar was a young boy growing up in Harret al-Nammareh, his family, his friends, and the streets of his (West) Jerusalem neighborhood were the center of his life. It wasn’t long, however, before his existence was turned upside down when his family was forced out of their home during al-Nakba, the catastrophe that resulted in the ethnic cleansing of nearly 750,000 natives and the destruction of over 500 Palestinian villages and towns. In this heartwarming memoir, Jacob paints a vivid portrait of Palestinian life from his childhood days in pre-1948 Jerusalem, the struggles of the Palestinian community under Israeli rule, to his ultimate decision to leave for America at age 23. Readers will laugh, cry, and be inspired by this charming coming of age story set amid the backdrop of one of the most tragic historical events that engulfed the region.

My Jerusalem
Essays, Reminiscences, and Poems

Author: Salma Khadra Jayyusi , Zafar Isbaq Ansari
No of pages: 340
Language: English
Dimensions: 15X23 cm
ISBN: 1-56656-549-9
Publishing House: Olive Branch Press

Here is a passionate and eclectic collection of essays, poems, and scholarship that brings to life Jerusalem, that most enigmatic and compelling of cities, in its embattled, contemporary guise as well as in its ancient history. The book begins in the immediacy of today's Jerusalem--with its dispossessions and laws, its bloody conflicts and massive skyscrapers--and moves backward in time to Classical Jerusalem, working to disentangle the knots of the three great monotheistic religions, and finally comes to rest in a section that is a testament to the physical facts of Jerusalem: its monuments and alleys, its smells, its music, its people. Throughout it all, the Jerusalem that emerges is, as Mureed Barghouthy puts it, "the Jerusalem of the people," for it is the people who live or have lived there, who know the "Jerusalem of houses and cobbled streets and spice markets...of our neighbor the nun and her neighbor the "muezzin, who was always in a hurry." Tellingly, the anthology begins and ends with the words of poets: "I'm not interested in/Who suffered the most," writes Naomi Shihab Nye in the introductory poem. "I'm interested in/People getting over it" This book is about a beloved Jerusalem whose intricacies and human inventions are ultimately larger than the current conflict.

Arab Social Life, Traditions, and Everyday Pleasures in the 20th Century 

Author: Subhi S. Ghosheh
No of pages: 186
Language: English
Dimensions: 15X23 cm
ISBN: 978-1-56656-788-6
Publishing House: Olive Branch Press

A study of the culture and traditions of Jerusalem that seeks to preserve its Arab traditions: festivals, folk medicine, cuisine, and even the everyday simple pleasures.

Jerusalem is a city of unique grief, a city that has been the target of conquerors more than twenty times. Yet the city has managed to maintain its Arab culture and traditions--Islamic, Christian, and Jewish--and has emerged victorious time and time again. But beginning with its partial occupation in 1948, its full occupation in 1967, and continuing through today, the Israeli claim on Jerusalem and the government's efforts to change its identity, threatens, finally, to obliterate the traditional Arab culture of the city.

Wujood – The Grassroots Guide to Jerusalem

Author: Grassroots Jerusalem  
No of pages: 145
Language: English
Dimensions: 13X21 cm 
Publishing House: Grassroots Jerusalem


Wujood, 'Existence/Presence,' is the first political tourist guide of al-Quds (Jerusalem), the capital of Palestine. While emphasising the unique attractions this age-old city offers, Wujood draws a picture of the realities of Jerusalemite Palestinian communities from a grassroots perspective. This guide invites visitors to take an active part in supporting the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice, either by volunteering, supporting the Palestinian economy, or simply by comprehending the bigger picture of the political reality in the city today.

A Living Memory

Author: Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh  
No of pages: 456
Language: English
Dimensions: 14.5X21 cm
Publishing House: Rimal Publications

Throughout Hazem Nusseibeh's long career as a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, city of his birth, remained strong. In Jerusalemites, Dr. Nusseibeh tells of growing up in British Mandate Palestine and recalls pain inflicted on Palestinians by creation of Israel.

He describes how he dedicated his professional life to service of Palestinian people and his goal of restoring their basic human rights. Dr. Nusseibeh also provides inside accounts of some major events in contemporary Arab and international history. A long-standing foreign minister and diplomat, he has written an autobiography, covering eight decades of a lifetime, beginning with a childhood in Jerusalem, through vicissitudes of Palestine-Israeli dilemma, and a long, challenging career as foreign minister of Jordan, Minister of the Royal Court, Minister of Reconstruction and Development in charge of affairs and survival of Palestinian refugees, chief of Jordan delegation to the Jordanian Israeli Mixed Armistice Commission, Ambassador to Egypt during Nasser and Sadat regimes, and to Turkey, Italy and chief of mission to United Nations, where he sat on Security Council (1981-82) as representative of Jordan and wider Arab and Asian group. Wars, invasions massacres and stunning terrorist and resistance acts, he dealt with. His autobiography is filled information, anecdotes, reflections, humour, and analysis of multitudes of public and international affairs, including meetings with world leaders of the day.

Jerusalem Unbound

Author: Michael Dumper  
No of pages: 339
Language: English
Dimensions: 16X23.5 cm
ISBN: 978-0-231-16196-1
Publishing House: Columbia

Jerusalem's formal political borders reveal neither the dynamics of power in the city nor the underlying factors that make an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians so difficult. The lines delineating Israeli authority are frequently different from those delineating segregated housing or areas of uneven service provision or parallel national electoral districts of competing educational jurisdictions. In particular, the city's large number of holy sites and restricted religious compounds create enclaves that continually threaten to undermine the Israeli state's authority and control over the city. This lack of congruity between political control and the actual spatial organization and everyday use of the city leaves many areas of occupied East Jerusalem in a kind of twilight zone where citizenship, property rights, and the enforcement of the rule of law are ambiguously applied.

Michael Dumper plots a history of Jerusalem that examines this intersecting and multileveled matrix and, in so doing, is able to portray the constraints on Israeli control over the city and the resilience of Palestinian enclaves after forty-five years of Israeli occupation. Adding to this complex mix is the role of numerous external influences—religious, political, financial, and cultural—so that the city is also a crucible for broader contestation. While the Palestinians may not return to their previous preeminence in the city, neither will Israel be able to assert a total and irreversible dominance. His conclusion is that the city will not only have to be shared but that the sharing will be based upon these many borders and the interplay between history, geography, and religion.

Once Upon a Country

Author: Sari Nusseibeh with Anthony David  
No of pages: 562
Language: English
Dimensions: 14X21.5 cm
ISBN: 978-1-905559-14-5
Publishing House: Halban Publishers

Sari Nusseibeh's family history is inextricably interwoven with the city of Jerusalem, and his own life with the Palestinian nationalist struggle.

Through his deeply moving personal story, Nusseibeh reveals the terrible consequences of war, partition and terrorism.  He also charts, from the inside, the life of the embattled Palestinian leadership under Arafat, with a penetrating analysis of the workings of the Palestinian Authority.

Jerusalem in History

Author: Edited by K.J. Asali  
No of pages: 303
Language: English
Dimensions: 14X21 cm
ISBN: 1-56656-304-6
Publishing House: Olive Branch Press

Jerusalem in History provides readers with a comprehensive history of this city - moving from the Bronze Age right up to 2007 - presenting a balanced account of one of the most important places in the world.

Kan yama kan (Once Upon a Time) Jerusalem Before 100 Years

Author: Shehab Qawasmi  
No of pages: 144 
Language: Arabic/ English
Dimensions: 25x35 cm

Kan Yama Kan or One upon a Time: Jerusalem before a 100 years, has more than 70 black and white realistic drawings depicting the Old City's history.

Samir Salameh 
First Retrospective Exhibition in Palestine

Curator: Khaled Hourani
Text by: Kaled Hourani, Abdel Karim Barghouthi, Samir Salameh  
No of pages: 120 
Language: Arabic/ English
Dimensions: 17X22 cm