Divisions at the Center: The Organization of Political Violence at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/al-haram al-sharif — 1929 and 1990

  • Roger Friedland
  • Richard D. Hecht


Carnage has come often to Jerusalem. At the city’s sacred center, major collective violence has occurred twice in this century, first in August, 1929 and more recently in October, 1990. In this essay we examine the social organization of these violent encounters at the site which the Jews claim as the platform of their nation’s ancient Temple and for Muslims the point from which the Prophet Muhammad leapt to Paradise. We analyze these episodes of violence at the center as a particular form of ritual politics, not just as irrational explosions of communal hatred.


Political Violence Muslim Brotherhood Jewish State Symbolic Violence Holy Place 
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  • Richard D. Hecht

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