Jerusalem - Religious Aspects

This book contains four papers originally presented at a symposium on religious aspects of the question of Jerusalem (Milan, 1994). The first paper, by Sari Nusseibeh, deals with Jerusalem's significance to Islam in the past and present, while his second paper attempts to describe the political future of the city and what a final solution will have to entail, including development needs and boundaries. Bernard Sabella's paper deals with the issue of Jerusalem from a Christian point of view, including Christian population, emigration, customs, rites and relations with Muslims. Yitzhak Reiter outlines a personal view of the city's historical and national significance for Jews. He stresses the centrality of the issue to the Jewish people with reference to Biblical, Talmudic and Midrash sources. The papers all include suggestions on what a future solution will have to entail and present encouraging evidence that inter-faith and Palestinian-Israeli dialogue can take place on the issue of Jerusalem.

June 1, 2000
English, Arablic