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Palestine's Sacred Struggle: The Evolution of International Tourist Guides to the Haram al-Sharif

Koshner, Jennifer

The Temple Mount, referred to in Arabic as al-Haram al-Sharif, had become emblematic of the Palestinian struggle against Zionist forces before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. In the following two decades the Haram al-Sharif, as the last vestige of Arab sovereignty in historic Palestine, was heralded as a national symbol of Palestinians. Though venerated as a sacred space for centuries, the Haram al-Sharif was elevated in significance during the twentieth century, becoming central to Palestinian nationalist thought. This evolution was catalyzed by two Muslim councils responsible for administering the Haram al-Sharif as a religious sacred space: the Palestinian Supreme Muslim Council from 1921-1948, and the Jordanian Supreme Awqaf Council from 1951-1967.

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Academic Units
Religion (Barnard College)
Thesis Advisors
Kenny, Gale Lybrook
Haider, Najam
Degree
B.A., Barnard College
Published Here
April 21, 2015
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