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Islamic Jerusalem Or Jerusalem Under Muslim Rule

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In drawings by eighteenth and nineteenth century travellers or in photographs from the second half of the nineteenth century until the fifties of the twentieth century, Jerusalem was always presented in the same fashion. It was shown from the southwest, from the southern spur of the Mount of Olives, where natural height and bareness of occupation allowed the visitor to see the city in its totality, on the other side of a deep valley filled with tombs. It first sketches what can be reconstructed for the seventh century when the city fell under Muslim rule and then identify some of the primarily Muslim features which affected it over the following fourteen centuries. What creates the originality, in fact the uniqueness, of Jerusalem is not its late nineteenth and twentieth century growth which it shares with hundreds of other urban centres, but two unique features characterizing the Old City.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Mount of Olives; Muslim rule; nineteenth century



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