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Nationalism and the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount

The Exclusivity of Holiness


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Erik Freas
    Pages 1-11
  3. Erik Freas
    Pages 13-33
  4. Erik Freas
    Pages 35-48
  5. Erik Freas
    Pages 49-73
  6. Erik Freas
    Pages 75-87
  7. Erik Freas
    Pages 89-96
  8. Erik Freas
    Pages 97-112
  9. Erik Freas
    Pages 139-159
  10. Erik Freas
    Pages 161-172
  11. Erik Freas
    Pages 173-180
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 181-193

About this book


This book examines the manner in which the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount has been appropriated by both Palestinians and Israelis as a nationalist symbol legitimizing respective claims to the land. From the late-nineteenth century onward, the site's significance became reconfigured within the context of modern nationalist discourses, yet, despite the originally secular nature of Palestinian and Israeli nationalisms, the holy site’s importance to Islam and Judaism respectively has gradually altered the character of both in a manner blurring the line between religious and national identities.


Jerusalem Eretz Israel Palestine Palestinian nationalism Zionism Israeli nationalism Islam Judaism Orthodoxy Hamas Protestant millenialism British mandatory period Wailing Wall Disturbances

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Borough of Manhattan Community CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Erik Freas is Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East History at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, USA. Freas’s research focuses on Muslim-Christian Arab relations in Palestine during the Mandate and late-Ottoman periods. He is the author of Muslim-Christian Relations in Late Ottoman Palestine: Where Nationalism and Religion Intersect

Bibliographic information


“In this fascinating and well researched study of 150 years Erik Freas shows how each of Zionism and the Palestinian national movement, established as secular in-principal, changed the status of al- Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount from pure national symbol to religious - national identity center. Essential reading to understand the formative role religion has in shaping the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.” (Menachem Klein, Professor, Bar Ilan University, Israel, and author of Lives in Common – Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron)