Published on behalf of The British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem by Altajir World of Islam Trust.
With a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
A wide ranging study by a team of international experts of the structure and fabric of the Ottoman city systematically documenting its Arab and Islamic characteristics and their contribution during the Ottoman period to the city's architectural texture and cultural development.
The Ottoman Empire dominated the Mediterranean and the Middle East from the 16th to the 18th centuries until European nations began to assert power in the area. However, the Ottomans continued to control much of the region until after their defeat in the First World War.
For these four centuries in Palestine, the city of Jerusalem occupied an especial position. The Ottomans had inherited a city which for Muslims featured the exceptional presence of the Dome of the Rock, the Aqsa Mosque and the rich inheritance of buildings from the Mamluk period. However, for visitors today much of the aspect of the Old City, dominated by its magnificent walls, was created during that period of Ottoman rule.
This extensive and detailed work presents for the first time a wide-ranging study of various facets of the Ottoman city. A wealth of socio-historical research is supplemented by an important architectural survey. Under the direction of Professor Robert Hillenbrand, a team of internationally acknowledged academics and specialists have produced an erudite corpus of material which will serve as the standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future and also serve as a superb complementary volume to the World of Islam Festival Trust's acclaimed Mamluk Jerusalem and Ayyubid Jerusalem.
Part of a Trilogy
'The trilogy of Ottoman Jerusalem, Mamluk Jerusalem and Ayyubid Jerusalem by Sylvia Auld & Robert Hillenbrand is magisterial, brilliantly fascinating, obligatory reading.' -- London Evening Standard (2009)
The trilogy of Ottoman Jerusalem, Mamluk Jerusalem and now Ayyubid Jerusalem by Sylvia Auld & Robert Hillenbrand (Rimal Publications) is magisterial, brilliantly fascinating, obligatory reading.
By Simon Sebag Montefiore
THE GUARDIAN - The Secret City
February 03, 2001
Despite frequent references in the Psalms to "the peace of Jerusalem", the Holy City has probably seen more rapine and pillage than any other comparable patch of ground on the planet. Art historians and medieval architectural buffs are usually associated more with ivory towers than with war...