The city of Jerusalem: ideas and Images

Why I Developed This Course on Jerusalem

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies was established in 2011 thanks to a generous gift by the Azrieli Foundation to a University in Montreal. In 2013, as a member of the Advisory Board and after a sabbatical in Jerusalem, I developed this art history course for the Minor in Israel Studies, the first and only undergraduate program of its kind in Canada. My objectives were:

  • to examine forms of artistic expression including architecture, sculpture, painting and other media from across a variety of cultural identities so as to encourage respect for the art of these different communities

  • to demonstrate how an expanse of history depends mainly on how one reads the evidence

  • to encourage an understanding of human experiences from the viewpoint of others who interpret the world in significantly dissimilar ways

  • to integrate a large historical perspective that reveals the changes in the art of particular eras, as well as the continuities of religious, ethical and social values

  • to explore artistic productions and cultural practices that construct identity, influence public discourse and act as catalysts for social and political changes

See interview on Imagining Jerusalem website:
https://jerusalems.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/teaching-jerusalem-loren-lerner-concordia/

As a recently retired professor, I share with you the lectures I developed, the readings consulted, and the annual student journal I produced which contain the very best essays and works of art by the students in that year’s class. 

Dr. Loren Lerner 

 


       
 
COURSE
DESCRIPTION
 

Over the centuries, Jerusalem has been called Shalem, Yerushalayim, City of Melchizedek, City of the Great King or City of David, prototype of the Heavenly Jerusalem, Bayt al-Maqdis or al-Quds, and City of Peace. My lectures consider these different attachments to Jerusalem through visual perceptions and artistic representations at the religious, social, and political levels. They examine Jerusalem's multifaceted religious narratives, allegiances, and believers’ ideas since the time of the Hebrew Bible. Beginning with the Bronze Age and the First and Second Temple periods, these lectures cover the city's history: the Roman period, Byzantine Jerusalem, the Arab, Crusader, and Mamluk periods, the years under Ottoman rule (1517-1917), the British Mandate (1917-1948), Jerusalem's division and reunification (1948-1967), and Israel today.

Available to the public.
For use as course curriculum worldwide, permission must be granted by Loren Lerner
loren.lerner[at]sympatico.ca



 
       
 
HOW TO ACCESS
AND WATCH
THE LECTURES
 
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LECTURES

 

 

 

Each lecture is about two hours long. 

Lecture 1
Jewish Yerushalayim
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Lecture 2
Christian Hagiapolis Ierousalem/ Hierosolyma
199MB
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Lecture 3
Muslim Al Quds
230MB
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Lecture 4
Jerusalem and the Crusader Period (1095-1291)
230MB
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Lecture 5
Islamization of Space and Society
in Ayyubid (1187-1250)
and Mamluk Jerusalem (1260-1517)

156 MB
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Lecture 6
Ottoman Jerusalem
and Modernization (1516-1917)

190 MB
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Lecture 7
Pilgrimages to Jerusalem, the Way of the Souls
200 MB
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Lecture 8
Heavenly Jerusalem, New Jerusalem
240 MB
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Lecture 9
British Presence in Nineteenth Century Jerusalem and during the British Mandate (1916-1948)
160 MB
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Lecture 10
Israeli-Jewish artists and Zion
185 MB
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Lecture 11
Palestinians Artists, Nationalism
and Self-Determination

205 MB
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Lecture 12
Jerusalem To-day: Architecture,
Urban Space and Contested Identities

112 MB
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SOURCES

BIBLIOGRAPHY
+ JOURNAL
+ HANDOUTS

 

These are the sources I consulted to develop this course they are organized by lecture. In addition, I have included basic and important sources available online.
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See also:

The Jerusalem Art History Journal: An Undergraduate eJournal/Histoire de l’art à Jérusalem : cyberrevue étudiante de premier cycle was created for educational purposes. Each week in addition to scholarly sources the required readings included the student writings and works of art I selected for the journal.  The students had a choice of two assignments. The first was to write an essay about the art, architecture, archaeological sites, or urban spaces from a particular era of Jerusalem. Since a good many of the students are artists in Concordia’s studio arts programs, the second choice was to create and write about a work of art, reflecting a visual response to this ancient city as a site of major world religions. The objective was to examine how the art, architecture, and material culture of Jerusalem have been shaped by the city’s religious importance and by the various ethnic and religious groups that have resided in the city throughout its history. http://jerusalemjournal.concordia.ca

Some of the volumes of the journal have a particular theme.  For example, the theme for Volume 5 was to write an essay or create work/s of art beginning with one to three works from the Israel Museum.   

Vol.05 | Vol.04 | Vol.03 | Vol.02 | Vol.01

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These are the handouts I prepared to help the students develop better writing and analysis skills:


How to write an art history paper
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How to analyze a work of art
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How to write about buildings
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How to analyze a photograph
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How to analyze a film
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How to use the senses to analyze art and architecture
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How to analyze a scholarly reading
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Examples of How to Relate Works in Israel Museum to Course Material and Related Readings
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Jerusalem in the Israel Museum
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Available to the public.
For use as course curriculum worldwide,
permission must be granted by Loren Lerner
loren.lerner@sympatico.ca