The author narrates the history of Jerusalem as the centre of world history, but does not In December , Simon Sebag Montefiore presented on BBC Four a. “Jerusalem is the holy city,” writes Simon Sebag Montefiore, “yet it has always been a den of superstition, charlatanism and bigotry the. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s history of Jerusalem is a labour of love and scholarship. It is a considerable achievement to have created a sense of.

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Buy in the UK: It was, however, a very long and detailed read, a mixture of the more relevant and the less relevant, and a non-academic work which means it needs to be taken with a grain of Hmm. Overall, I thought that this book was an amazingly researched overview of Jerusalem: Nevertheless, Christian and Muslim readers will have no cause to complain of bias. Because of some other obvious errors though including mischaracterizing or at least very poorly explaining the death of Hazrat Ali I was not always sure of the exact veracity of everything I read.

What I mean by that montefiote Montefiore does a very thorough job cataloging the important events and happenings of Jerusalem but for much of the book I felt like I was reading one long Wikipedia article. Refresh and try again. To ask other readers questions about Jerusalemplease sign up.

You have to understand the history and the growth of the three religions to understand the city, so we are starting at the right end. It was an incredible overview of the history of Jerusalem, beginning with King David and wrapping up with Zionism in the 20th Century. The most enjoyable part of this book is the story of Salah Eddin and his kerusalem. The Bible is a less-than-reliable history of the region, but in recent decades intriguing bits of evidence dug up by archaeologists have indeed confirmed the historicity of David.

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Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore – review

The Emperor Hadrian eventually rebuilt it as a small classical Roman town named Aelia Capitolina, and despite occasional Jewish rebellions it remained monetfiore until the Christian era. I can excuse that, a mere slip of the Roman digits, but what I find more sebwg to overlook is the contention that General Charles Gordon helped to suppress the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, which took place fifteen years after his death!

Sometimes having massive amounts of wealth poured into it to beautify it, sometimes ignored as an inconsequential town. Jun 15, K rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, many of the honored emperors of Jerusalem were blinded by their prejudice to realize the tragic consequences of their oppression. Montefiore, in the end, does an OK job. Very comprehensive, very engaging and very well written. Even as Sebag Montefiore treats the Gospels or the early lives of Muhammad with an almost gingerly show of respect, so does he counterpoint this with an often Rabelaisian show of earthiness.

Montefiore weaves a tight, satisfying plot, delivering surprises to the last page. It is a messy, complicated, and bloodstained city that has at times been Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.

Of course, this is mnotefiore a book just about the city but also of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Islam is of course far ahead. A reader better acquainted with the history of Judaism, Islam and Christianity can perhaps identify better.

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These sweeping judgments are not suitable. Aug 17, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: And they jerussalem have to be scholars to enjoy this book In fact, the 7th century, marks a turning point in the history of Jerusalem.

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That Sebag Montefiore himself is Jewish is hardly something he would have wished to veil: President Truman insisted that anotherJews should immediately be granted entry. My suggestion is to look to those sources first and then read the epilogue of this book.

Under the rule of Turkish, Mamluk, and ottoman empires, Jews and Christians were not permitted into the Haram as Sharif.

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This was the city’s first mention in the Bible, suggesting Jerusalem was already a Canaanite shrine, ruled by priest-kings. My other big bugbear with it was footnotes. Books by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Interesting chapters on the restoration of Zionism in the 19th century, when there was already a considerable Jewish presence in the Boography of Israel, and a Jewish majority in Jerusalem from