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Jerusalem and Its Environs

Quarters, Neighborhoods, Villages, 1800–1948

Surveyed here is the urban and rural development of Jerusalem from the turn of the 19th Century to the mid-20th century. It traces the city's interaction with its rural hinterland until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 when Jerusalem was divided into two – some of the Jewish quarters and neighborhoods were occupied by Arabs, and Jews settled in Arab neighborhoods. The book's five chapters illustrate, with detailed examples, and in depth descriptions of specific quarters and neighborhoods, Muslims, Christians and Jewish community housing, commercial neighborhoods, neighborhoods built by construction companies, gardens suburbs, and villages.

As reviewed on Amazon: In this wonderful well written book the author expertly describes the historical, architectural and spatial development of Jerusalem from 1800-1948. The emphasis here is on geography, space and buildings, rather than culture or society. This book covers in great detail with well placed pictures, maps and period drawings and sketches, including blueprints, the development of the city. Jerusalem in 1800 was a sparsely populated place with a walled old city that was over-crowded, polluted and disease ridden. However by mid century Jewish investment, led by Montefiore, led to the creation of religious and then secular neighborhoods outside the city. During the late 1800s and early 1900s Christian Arabs began to move into the new upper class neighborhoods of Talbieh and El Qatamon.
This well written book described this period, including the outlying neighborhoods such as Lifta, Abu Ghosh, Deir Yassin and Ein Karem. It covers religious endowments and secular and commercial building. An excellent resource for anyone studying the period, very fair and enlightening.