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Last update 03-03-2016
HU Credits: 4

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: geography

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Prof. Ronnie Ellenblum

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Monday 13:00 to 14:00

Teaching Staff:
Prof Ronnie Ellenblum
Ms. Tal Ulus
Ms. Efrat Jacob

Course/Module description:
The course will focus on the key events periods multicultural history of Jerusalem and the ways of their interpretation. The main organizing axis will chronologically but the issues raised will be Diachronic, thematic and theoretical. Each theme will accompany the tours illuminate the spatial dimension.
Some of the topics will be accompanied by film, which important scholars illuminate different approaches on the issues and about the sites. Labeling materials on the course website Will able search the wealth of opinions and perceptions and the main core issues.

Course/Module aims:
Knowing the different periods, the key events and the varied interpretations of the multicultural history of Jerusalem.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Will be acquainted with the various periods and the key events that shaped the multi-cultural history of Jerusalem
- Will be acquainted with a variety of interpretations to the history of the city
- Will be able to deal with complex key issues in the history of the Jerusalem and will be exposed to different methods of teaching such as frontal lectures, field studies, remote learning etc.

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:

Course/Module Content:
Course/Module Content:
First topic - Biblical Jerusalem: the sanctification of the city; the role of King David and the Davidic dynasty in monotheistic religions; the rise of the city during the 8th century vs. its assumed glory during the 10th century. Is it possible to reach a coherent picture in such a charged archaeological site? The Study of the subject will include
a field study tour in the ‘City of David.’

Second topic: A period of Affluence- the rise of Jerusalem during the late Hellenistic and the Roman periods: the rise of the Mediterranean since the 4th century BC.; the creation of infrastructure and leisure; sizes of cities including Jerusalem; Jerusalem and Rome local and imperial cultures; the building and destruction of Jewish Jerusalem.

Topic 3: Sects and early Christianity The influence of prosperity on Jewish religion; the creation of sects in the fast growing Jerusalem and their influence on rituals; the rise of Christianity as the result of the dominant sociological, religious, ideological and political climate that prevailed in Jerusalem at the time. The meaning of the sacred place in Christianity; the importance of Jesus as a historical and living personality and the spatial distribution of holy places.

Topic 4: Jerusalem under Christian Byzantine and early Islamic rules- urban continuity and Orientalism: Byzantine and Christian Jerusalem; the Orientalist agendas and the perception of the Muslim conquest as the beginning of the decline. Multi cultural Jerusalem under Islamic rule; the sanctification of Jerusalem to Islam.

Topic 5: Geography of cultural change Jerusalem during the Middle Ages – Is it possible to refer to Crusader Jerusalem as to ‘Western City’? the Islamization of the urban landscape during the Mamluk period”? the decline and rise of Jerusalem during the Middle Ages: a suggestion for an alternative periodization.

Topic 6: Jerusalem during the 19th and 20th century: Jerusalem as a colony and Jerusalem as a center; British influence on the planning of Jerusalem.
Topic 7: Jerusalem since the establishment of the State of Israel - past, present and future

Required Reading:
ל. לוין, 'ירושלים בתפארתה: תולדות ירושלים בימי בית שני', אריאל, 1996, עמ' 130-29
א. קליינברג, 'הנצרות מראשיתה ועד הרפורמציה', האוניברסיטה המשודרת, 1995.
ל. נמרוד, 'מודל 'העיר המוסלמית' ונופה של העיר ההיסטורית המזרח תיכונית', בתוך: א. פרידמן, י. דרורי (עורכים), 'ספר ירושלים בתקופה הממלוכית 1517-1260', יד יצחק בן צבי, 2012.
מ. הלוי, 'בניין טרה סנטה בירושלים: בין אוניברסיטה קתולית ערבית לקולג' פרנציסקני', בתוך: י. בן אריה, א. חלמיש, א. לימור, ר. רובין, ר. רייך (עורכים), ' חקר ירושלים לתקופותיה: חומר ודעת', יד יצחק בן צבי, 2015, עמ' 270-245.
י. בן אריה, התמורות העיקריות בהתפתחותה של ירושלים בראשית השלטון הבריטי, 1926-1917', עמ' 440-377, בתוך: י. בן אריה, ארץ בראי עברה, ירושלים תשס"א.
י. בן אריה, 'פעילות לשימורה ותכנונה של ירושלים בראשית תקופת השלטון הבריטי בארץ ישראל, 1926-1917', עמ' 500-441, בתוך: י. בן אריה, ארץ בראי עברה, ירושלים תשס"א.
ד' קרויאנקר, אדריכלות בירושלים: הבנייה בתקופת המנדט הבריטי, ירושלים 1989.
ש. וקסלר-בדולח, 'שרידי הקרדו המזרחי הרומי ברחבת הכותל המערבי', קדמוניות 139-140, 2010, עמ' 132-123.

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 45 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 5 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 50 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students of the course will be required for payment to entry the sites (80 ₪ per student).
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.