Miriam Elman book published

Elman, MiriamMiriam Fendius Elman, associate professor of political science, along with anthropologist Madelaine Adelman from Arizona State University, has edited Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City (Syracuse University Press).  Published in May and based on a 2007 conference titled “Jerusalem across the Disciplines,” the book explores a wide variety of events and cultural topics concerning this historic city – one of the most contested urban spaces in the world.

The book brings together scholarly perspectives from across the social sciences and humanities that address how different disciplinary theories and methods contribute to the study of conflict and cooperation in this modern city.  The essays address a range of issues,  including Jerusalem’s centrality to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the diverse communities of secular and orthodox Jewry; Muslim and Christian Israelis and Palestinians; religious and political tourism and “heritage managers”;  Jerusalem’s heterogeneous LGBT community and its experiences; and visual and textual perspectives, particulary in architecture and poetry.  Elman and Adelman conclude that Jerusalem is not solely a place of contention and violence, and that it should be seen as a physical and demographic reality that must function for all its communities. 06/10/14