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City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem
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City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem

By Benvenisti, Meron

Berkely: University of California Press, 1996. Jerusalem is more than a holy city built of stone. Domain of Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is a perpetual contest, and its shrines, housing projects, and bulldozers compete in a scramble for possession. Now one of Jerusalem's most respected authorities presents a history of the city that does not fall prey to any one version of its past. Meron Benvenisti begins with a reflection on the 1996 celebration of Jerusalem's 3000-year anniversary as the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. He then juxtaposes eras, dynasties, and rulers in ways that provide grand comparative insights. But unlike recent politically motivated histories written to justify the claims of Jews and Arabs now living in Jerusalem, Benvenisti has no such agenda. His history is a polyphonic story that lacks victors as well as vanquished. He describes the triumphs and defeats of all the city's residents, from those who walk its streets today to the meddlesome ghosts who linger in its shadows. Benvenisti focuses primarily on the twentieth century, but ancient hatreds are constantly discovered just below the surface. These hostilities have created intense social, cultural, and political interactions that Benvenisti weaves into a compelling human story. For him, any claim to the city means recognizing its historical diversity and multiple populations. A native son of Jerusalem, Benvenisti knows the city well, and his integrated history makes clear that all of Jerusalem's citizens have enriched the Holy City in the past. It is his belief that they can also do so in the future. 274p. illus.index. 1st US Edition. Hardcover. New/New.

$30.00

Pella [Pella of the Decapolis]

By Khouri, Rami G.

Amman, Jordan: Al Kutba / University of Sydney, 1990. Samll publication outlining the results of the archaeological reseach by the University of Sydney at Pella of the Decapolis in Jordan.32p. ilus. maps. Reprint. Original Wraps. As New. Brochure.

$12.50

Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark
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Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark

By Geniesse, Jane Fletcher

New York: Random House, 1999. Freya Stark, traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters,began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched. Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out, at the age of thirty-four, to explore remote and dangerous regions of the Middle East. She was captured in 1927 by the French military police after penetrating their cordon around the rebellious Druze. She explored the mountainous territory of the mysterious Assassins of Persia, became the first woman to explore Luristan in western Iran, and followed ancient frankincense routes to locate a lost city. Admired by British officialdom, her knowledge of Middle Eastern languages and culture aided the military and diplomatic corps, for whom she conceived an effective propaganda network during WWII. But Stark's indomitable spirit was forged by contradictions, her high-profile wanderings often masking deep insecurities. A child of privilege, she grew up in near poverty; she longed for love, but consistently focused on the wrong men. This is a brilliant and balanced biography, filled with sheikhs, diplomats, nomad warriors and chieftains, generals, would be lovers, and luminaries. Author Jane Geniesse digs beneath the mythology to uncover a complex, quixotic, and controversial woman. 1st US Edition. Hard Cover. New/New.

$27.50

The Olive Route : A Personal Journey Through the Heart of the Mediterranean

By Drinkwater, Carol

London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006. "Starting out from her Provencal olive farm to distant Mediterranean shores .. on a quest for the olive's ancient secrets .. tracking , amongst others, the Cretans, Phoenicians Greeks and Romans, as well as encountering its modern-day inhabitants [she] returns to her home bringing with her many inspirational tales of this tree of eternity" 328p. index (chip to dj, else fine) (Greece pp.221-255, Crete pp. 256-278) . 1st UK Ed.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$35.00

Qatar

London: Apollo Art Travel, 2015. A supplement to Apollo magazine publicising art in Qatar. Sponsored by Qatar Airways. 26p. illus.. First Thus. Original Wraps. As New.

$8.00

Arabian Peninsula

By Hazzard, Harry W.

Garden City NY: American Geographical Society / Nelson Doubleday, 1959. The American Geographical Society "Around the World" series described countries in a a standard format for American schools. Each booklet was issued with coloured stickers to illustrate the text. 64p. Stickers have already been inserted in appropriate spaces. . Original Wraps. Near Fine.

$8.00

Syria : A Living History

By Aga Khan Museum

Toronto: Aga Khan Museum, 2016. Catalogue of an exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, October 15 th 2016 - February 16th 2017. . 1st Can Ed. Softcover. New.

$20.00

Ugarit

By Haydar, Jamal Hassan

Lattakia, Syria : Almersat Publishing House, 2009. A short but well described and illustrated local guide to the site at Ras Shamra in Syria where the extinct city of Ugarit, the oldest human settlement on the Syrian coast was excavated. 63p. Ilus [col] bibliography.. First Edition. Softcover. As New.

$21.00

The Middle East: 2000 Years of History from the Rise of Christianity to the Present Day (History of Civilization)
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The Middle East: 2000 Years of History from the Rise of Christianity to the Present Day (History of Civilization)

By Lewis, Bernard

London: Phoenix / Orion, 2000. The birthplace of three religions and many civilizations, the Middle East was for centuries a major centre of knowledge and ideas, of techniques and commodities and, at times, of military and political power. As well as describing the forces which shaped the history of the Middle East, Bernard Lewis looks at the pervasive impact, in modern times, of Western ideas and technology. Rich in vivid detail, The Middle East is a brilliant survey of the history and civilizations of the region. 433p. illus maps.bibliography.index. Reprint. Softcover. As New.

$21.00

The Gold-Mines of Midian
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The Gold-Mines of Midian

By Burton, Richard Francis

New York: Dover Publications, 1995. Originally published as "The Gold-Mines of Midian and the Ruined Midianite Cities, a Fortnight's Tour in North-Western Arabia" bY C Kegan Paul in 1878. 398p. maps illus. Nmed of previus owner on title page sle near fine. Facsimile Reprint. Softcover. Very Good.

$15.00

From the Holy Mountain : A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium.
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From the Holy Mountain : A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium.

By Dalrymple, William

London: Flamingo, 1997. In 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --"Kirkus Reviews," 483p. plates (some col) maps on endpapers. bibliography.index. Reprint. Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$10.00

Egypt and the Holy Land in Historic Photographs: Seventy-Seven Views by Francis Frith
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Egypt and the Holy Land in Historic Photographs: Seventy-Seven Views by Francis Frith

By Frith, Francis

New York: Dover Publications, 1985. Edited by Jon Manchip White. The original Francis Frith photographs were published by William Mackenzie, London 1862. This eduition includes a selection of 77 of these historic photographs. This copy is damaged (some pages chewed at upper right corner) but this does not affect the images themselves. . Reissue. Softcover. Fair > Good.

$4.00

Exploring the Past [IN HEBREW]

By Israel Museum

Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1972. Introduction to the archaeology of the Middle East in Hebrew. 94p. illus. some foldouts. [Not found in WorldCat] Clean and tight, but cover slightly scuffed. First Thus. Softcover. Very Good.

$20.00

Turkey : Key to the East

By Tobin, Chester M.

New York: G.P.Putnam & Sons, 1944. Book about Turkey by an American author [ Coach for the Turkish Track and Field team at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris) Something of a PR effort describing developments in Turkey after World War I, the modernization of Turkey under Ataturk, and neutral stance during World War II In general not very informative about the situation of the Armenians and Greeks. . New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1944] Document Type:. 1st US Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. Ex-Library.

$17.50

The Hills of Adonis : A Quest in Lebanon.

By Thubron,Colin

Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1968. Fascinating account of travels in the mountains of Lebanon in the days before the devastation of the Civil War. 179p. Illus. Bibliography.Index. News clipped review from newspaper pased to ffep, else near fine. 1st US Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good, Slight Chips.

$20.00

Irak : Ena Deftero Vietnam

By Chorafas, Vangelis & Rizas, Lefteris [eds]

Athens: Monthly Review Imprint /Ellenika Grammata, 2005. Iraq: a second Vietnam? Translation Michael Panagiotakis, Nikos Papapolyzos. 126p. · . 1st Greek Edition. French Wraps. Vey Good.

$20.00

Taxidevontas : Italia, Aigyptos, Sina, Ierusalem, Kypros, Morias

By Kazantzakis,Nikos

Athens: Ekdoseis Ethnos, 2014. Re-issue with an introduction by Nikos Mathaioudakis Essays on various places (Italy, Egypt,Sinai, Jerusalem,Cyprus) that Kazantzakis travelled to in 1926 & 1927. 336p. [ see English language editions under the title "Journeying : Travels in Italy,Egypt,Sinai,Jerusalem and Cyprus"]. Reissue. Decorative Hardcover. New Book from Greece.

$35.00

The archaeological setting of the shrine of Bethphage

By Saller, Sylvester J & Testa, Emmanuele

Jerusalem: Franciscan Press, 1961. Publications du Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. "In this study of 36 ancient monuments discovered near the shrine of Bethpage in Jordan the reader may learn somehting of the early hsitory of that site. Of special interest are the Jewish Christian graffiti found in tomb 21" 120p. illus diagrams. map. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good.

$35.00

The River Jordan : Baing an Illustrated Account of Earth's Most Storied River

By Glueck, Nelson

Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1946. The author was a renowned archaeologist and biblical scholar, former director of the American School of Oriental Research at Jerusalem . This book (published before the 1949 Arab Israeli conflict) describes the history and archaeology of the Jordan valley from prehistoric times through to WWII. Illustrated with aerial photographs and pictures of sites, artifacts and people. 268p. illus. index. maps in endpapers . 1st US Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good, Slight Chips & Tear.

$30.00

Ecavations at Ur : a Record of Twelve Years' Work

By Woolley, C Leonard

London: Ernest Benn, 1954. 1st UK Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

$40.00

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