The trilogy of Ottoman Jerusalem, Mamluk Jerusalem and Ayyubid Jerusalem is 'magisterial, brilliantly fascinating, obligatory reading.'
Over the last 25 years the Altajir Trust and its predecessor the World of Islam Trust have published a trilogy on the Islamic heritage of Jerusalem, which together form a magisterial record of the history of the city, its fortunes and its monuments from the 12th to 20th centuries. The series draws on a wide range of disciplines represented by internationally recognised scholars and specialists. Their contributions and the material they have assembled combine in a set of volumes to provide a body of learning that will serve as a standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future.
Jerusalem is a city with a unique status in the consciousness of the great monotheistic faiths. Its significance is enshrined in the beliefs of the three Abrahamic religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which together are sacred to almost half of humanity. Jerusalem remains today a focus for the hopes and prayers of millions of people around the world.
The three volumes of Mamluk Jerusalem(1987), Ottoman Jerusalem(2000), and Ayyubid Jerusalem(2009),see the culmination of nearly 30 years of dedicated scholarship. Each volume is a corpus of extensive and detailed study of different periods of Jerusalem's development. All together, these titles will remain, for the foreseeable future, the definitive work on the subject of the architectural history of Jerusalem.
'The trilogy of Ottoman Jerusalem, Mamluk Jerusalem and now 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...