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Fellow Luz, Dr. Nimrod

Dr. Nimrod Luz


Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Western Galilee College
Akko 24121, Israel


No place has inspired human passion for as long and as deeply as Jerusalem. Surely, no place has won more attention in the formation of monotheistic understanding in the ancient Middle East and in the religious thoughts of the three Abrahamic religions. In this paper I look at the ways Jerusalem is being formed, produced and constructed as a religious-national sacred landscape in the narratives of prominent Palestinians public figures. The evolvement of the sacred landscape of the city begs us to explore the ways different texts and philosophies indeed narratives have shaped this environment and had such a dramatic imprint on human history. However, the scope of the current paper is more limited. I am particularly interested in exploring the interplay between ancient texts and contemporary interpretations of the built environment as a way to construct a narrative that sustain and support the national struggle. In order to do so I analyze over 30 open ended interviews with local leaders (public figures, religious scholars, intellectuals) and conflate them with texts and landscapes of the city in order to learn how they narrate the city, its past and present, and particularly its sacred role in the current national struggle.

Curriculum Vitae

2011 Senior lecturer (associate professor), The Western Galilee College
2007 – 2008 Fulbright Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University South Bend
2006 – present Lecturer, (assistant professor) – The Western Galilee College

Ph. D. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summa cum laude)


2014 "The Globalization of al-Haram al-Sharif. Landscape of Islamic Resurgence and National Revival: Designing Memory, Mystification of Place", in: U. Martensson, M. Sedgwick, I. Weismman (Eds.), Islamic Resurgence in the Age of Globalization: Myth, Memory, Emotion
2014 Reading Mamluk Cities: Culture and the Urban Landscape. Cities and Urbanism of the Pre-Modern Middle East, Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization, Cambridge (2014).
2013 "Islam, Culture and the 'Others': Landscape of Religious", in: Tolerance in Jerusalem, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 40, 638-1517.
2013 "Metaphors to live by: Identity Formation and Resistance among Minority Muslims in Israel", in: P. Hopkins, L. Kong, E. Olson (Eds.), Religion and Place. Identity, Community and Territory, Heidelberg / London / New York (2013), 57-74.
2010 "Self-Empowerment through the Sacred Culture and Representation the Urban Landscape: The Mosque of Hassan Bey and the Arab Community in Jaffa", in: M. Berger, Y. Reiter, L. Hammer (Eds.), Holy Places in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Confrontation and Co-Existence, London / New York (2010), 249-263.
2008 "The Politics of Sacred Places. Palestinian identity, collective memory, and resistance in the Hassan Bek mosque conflict", in: Society and Space: Environment and Planning D 26(6), 1036-1052.