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Weathered by Miracles : A History of Palestine from Bonaparte and Muhammad Ali to Ben-Gurion and the Mufti - Idinopulos

Weathered by Miracles

A History of Palestine from Bonaparte and Muhammad Ali to Ben-Gurion and the Mufti

Paperback Published: 24th August 1999
ISBN: 9781566632690
Number Of Pages: 299

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Canaan, Land of Israel, the Holy Land, Bibleland-Palestine. Many names for a small speck of earth, no bigger than Wales or Massachusetts. This land has suffered most of the world's conquerors, from the Babylonians to the British, only to brighten its aura of sanctity for millions of Muslims, Christians, and Jews to the present day. In Weathered by Miracles, Thomas Idinopulos tells the story of that one explosive moment in Palestine's long history that began with Napoleon's invasion of the Middle East in 1798 and concluded with the founding of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948. Here was the dramatic confrontation of world empires for possession and profit, the clash of Islam with the Christian West, and the pioneering zeal of explorers and excavators, diplomats, merchants, and missionaries. Here were the last days of Turkish and European imperialisms and the first breaths of Arab and Jewish nationalisms. Concentrating on the fateful ties between politics and religion, Mr. Idinopulos describes the extraordinary transformation of Palestine from wasteland to a dynamic country, and traces the origin of the violence that continues today between Arabs and Jews.

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Concise, factual, and revealing history...ranks high as a balanced and highly readable guide. -- Alexander Zvielli Journal Of The Royal Musical Association A vivid portrait and a sad story of miscalculations and wasted opportunities. CHOICE Lucidly written, this is a thorough overview of the conflict over a pivotally important strip of land. Jewish Book World Elegant, readable...refreshingly unmarred by the partisanship that has marked so much writing on the subject. The New York Times

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Land Wasted
Land Weathered by Miraclesp. 5
Conquerors, Explorers, Mapmakers, Artistsp. 20
A Taste of Equalityp. 41
Ascending to the Land of Israelp. 58
The Holy Land Reclaimed
Millenarian Missionariesp. 73
Building the New Jerusalemp. 86
Dream and Realityp. 107
Palestinians and Zionists: New Identities for an Ancient Landp. 123
The Land in Conflict
Allenby at Jerusalem's Gatep. 143
Herbert Samuel Changes His Mindp. 169
Nobody Wants a Palestinian Flagp. 191
Betrayal and Birth, 1939-1948p. 217
Notesp. 247
A Note on Sourcesp. 261
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9781566632690
ISBN-10: 1566632692
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 24th August 1999
Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.37

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