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Issue 55

JQ 55 (Autumn 2013)

The Editorial

Editorial: Open Museums, Closed Barriers


The Imperial Museum of Antiquities in Jerusalem, 1890-1930: An Alternate Narrative
Beatrice St. Laurent, Himmet Taskomur
The creation of the first Museum of Antiquities in Jerusalem during the late Ottoman period is a fascinating story of archaeological pursuits in the region by both Ottoman government officialdom in Istanbul and foreign archaeologists working in Palestine for the British Palestine Exploration Fund.
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Capturing the Castle: Archaeology, Architectural History and Political Bias at the Citadel of Jerusalem
Mahmoud Hawari
The Citadel (al-qal'a) of Jerusalem is one of the most significant landmarks in the topography of the city. For nearly a millennium, the citadel served as Jerusalem’s main military stronghold, during which it played a vital role in the political, economic and social life of the city. Following...
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Europe and Jerusalem: From Unholy Cacophony to Holy Alliance
Roger Heacock
With such an open-ended problematic, the first question to be answered is where and when was the subject of the study, in the event, Europe. The study’s object, Jerusalem, is then derived through the prism of Europe’s policies and imaginary.
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Dimitri Baramki: Discovering Qasr Hisham
Donald Whitcomb
The ancient land of Palestine began attracting Western archaeologists almost from the birth of the field as a scholarly discipline, yet it was not until the 1920s that the country produced its first tiny crop of Palestinian archaeologists.
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Flexible Frontiers: What Future for Bethlehem Apart from Jerusalem?
Ahmad El-Atrash
Bethlehem, like Jerusalem, is considered a sacred city by all three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The town long enjoyed growth and development due to maintaining an organic connection with Jerusalem, until the Israeli occupation of the rest of Palestine, including East...
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The “Wall Museum” – Palestinian Stories on the Wall in Bethlehem
Rania Murra, Toine Van Teeffelen
Once the area around Rachel’s Tomb, a pilgrimage place for Muslims, Christians and Jews, was one of the liveliest in Bethlehem. The Hebron Road connected Jerusalem with Bethlehem: its northern section was the busiest street in town. It was the gateway from Jerusalem into Bethlehem. After entering...
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Dalman for All Seasons
Alex Winder
In 1899, Gustaf Dalman arrived in Palestine for the first time, spending two months there prior to a seven-month stay in Aleppo. He returned immediately afterward and eventually spent some twelve of the following fourteen years in Palestine, where he established and directed the German Protestant...
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Jerusalem Quarterly Remembers Graham Usher
Salim Tamari, Issam Nassar
Graham Usher, writer, journalist and long-time friend of, and contributor to, Jerusalem Quarterly, died on 8 August 2013, Aged 54, of Creutzfeldt -Jacob disease. In the tributes below, JQ editors Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar remember Graham’s outstanding qualities as a writer on contemporary...
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Farewell to Ilan Halevi
Ilan Halevi, a contributor to our journal as well as to La Revue d’Etudes Palestinienne and JPS, died in Clichy-la-Garenne, on 10 July 2013. He was 69 and still at the height of his productivity. In the tributes given to him in Ramallah, he was often mistakenly reffered to as a Yemenite Jew who...
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