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Jerusalem: The Biography

Jerusalem: The Biography

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism, and coexistence. In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life, through the people who created and destroyed it—from Herod, Cleopatra and Nero to Churchill, Rasputin and Truman—and draws on the latest scholarship, his own family history, and a lifetime of study to show that the story of Jerusalem is truly the story of the world.   

PREFACE

NOTES ON NAMES, TRANSLITERATIONS AND TITLES

PROLOGUE

PART ONE: JUDAISM

Chapter 1. The World of David

Chapter 2. The Rise of David

Chapter 3. The Kingdom and the Temple

Chapter 4. The Kings of Judah

Chapter 5. The Whore of Babylon

Chapter 6. The Persians

Chapter 7. The Macedonians

Chapter 8. The Maccabees

Chapter 9. The Romans Arrive

Chapter 10. The Herods

Chapter 11. Jesus Christ

Chapter 12. The Last of the Herods

Chapter 13. Jewish Wars: The Death of Jerusalem

PART TWO: PAGANISM

Chapter 14. Aelia Capitolina

PART THREE CHRISTIANITY

Chapter 15. The Apogee of Byzantium

Chapter 16. Sunset of the Byzantines: Persian Invasion

PART FOUR: ISLAM

Chapter 17. The Arab Conquest

Chapter 18. The Umayyads: The Temple Restored

Chapter 19. The Abbasids: Distant Masters

Chapter 20. The Fatimids: Tolerance and Lunacy

PART FIVE: CRUSADE

Chapter 21. The Slaughter

Chapter 22. The Rise of Outremer

Chapter 23. The Golden Age of Outremer

Chapter 24. Stalemate

Chapter 25. The Leper-King

Chapter 26. Saladin

Chapter 27. The Third Crusade: Saladin and Richard

Chapter 28. The Saladin Dynasty

PART SIX: MAMLUK

Chapter 29. Slave to Sultan

Chapter 30. Decline of the Mamluks

PART SEVEN: OTTOMAN

Chapter 31. The Magnificence of Suleiman

Chapter 32. Mystics and Messiahs

Chapter 33. The Families

PART EIGHT: EMPIRE

Chapter 34. Napoleon in the Holy Land

Chapter 35. The New Romantics: Chateaubriand and Disraeli

Chapter 36. The Albanian Conquest

Chapter 37. The Evangelists

Chapter 38. The New City

Chapter 39. The New Religion

Chapter 40. Arab City, Imperial City

Chapter 41. Russians

PART NINE: ZIONISM

Chapter 42. The Kaiser

Chapter 43. The Oud-Player Of Jerusalem

Chapter 44. World War

Chapter 45. Arab Revolt, Balfour Declaration

Chapter 46. The Christmas Present

Chapter 47. The Victors And The Spoils

Chapter 48. The British Mandate

Chapter 49. The Arab Revolt

Chapter 50. The Dirty War

Chapter 51. Jewish Independence, Arab Catastrophe

Chapter 52. Divided

Chapter 53. Six Days

EPILOGUE

Family Trees

Maps

Notes

Bibliography

Illustrations