Jerusalem’s New Historians

Dotan Halevy

Three new books make a persuasive case for reevaluating age-old historiographical conventions in the study of late Ottoman Palestine.

Sudden Change or Gradual Transition?

Michael Press

A popular perception of the Arab conquest of Palestine as a period of violent transformation persists, despite archaeological evidence to the contrary.

Known Unknowns: In Search of the Truth at Khirbet Qeiyafa and Masada

Alex Stein

Two new books attempt to get to the heart of archaeological mysteries from the Biblical and Second Temple periods.

The Prime Ministers: A Man – Neither Hercules nor Perfect

Joshua Sobol

The industrious life of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father, reads like a polyphonic novel whose depths are never exhausted.

Zionism + Concrete

Liam Hoare

Concrete was the material that built the State of Israel - its prevalence from Tel Aviv to Be’er Sheva to the kibbutz is an expression of Zionism itself.

Three Case Studies of the War in Palestine in 1948

Yoav Gelber

A review of three controversial events and processes during the war in 1948: Deir Yassin, the battle for Kastel, and Jewish refugees.

My Grandfather’s House

Amir Mahmoud Jabarin

The fascinating story of an Ottoman-era house in Umm al-Fahm and what it tells us about the history of Palestinian architecture.

An Interview with Guy Stagg

Alex Stein

What's it like to walk from Canterbury to Jerusalem?

Four Centuries of Jurisprudence in Jerusalem

Muhammad Al-Atawneh Sabina Abdulaev

Between the end of Mamluk rule and the start of the British Mandate, Jerusalem evolved a rich tradition of Islamic Jurisprudence, markedly distinct at times from that of the Ottoman Empire.