Seminar assesses the contribution of Jerusalem's buildings to its contentiousness from Biblical to modern times. Particular sites (Me'a She'rim, the Dome of the Rock, the Holy Sepulchre, the Kotel or Wailing Wall, the souk, the Israeli Supreme Court, the Museum of the Seam, the Fence, etc.) considered in the context of the urban history of the city from the time of Jesus through Arab, Crusader, Turkish and British rule to contemporary Israeli control. How these places act upon the religious imagination and how they affect the ideological positions of their users (and their abusers) discussed on the basis of photographs, archaeological reports, news reports, novels, sacred texts and diaries. 3 units

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