On the Meaning of Place: A Walk Through the Old City


WHEN Monday, April 29, 2024
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

Jerusalem is a layered tapestry of communities, each with its own story. Matthew Teller’s book Nine Quarters of Jerusalem gives voice to these diverse populations. From historical chronicles to present narratives, it interweaves stories from Palestinian Arab and Jewish Israeli communities, as well as African, Indian, Greek, Armenian, and Syriac societies, and Gypsy families and Sufi mystics, too. This exploration fosters an intimate understanding of place through the myriad voices of Jerusalem’s Old City. ORIGINAL In Jerusalem, what you see and what is true are two different things. Matthew Teller’s highly original book “Nine Quarters of Jerusalem” lets the communities of Jerusalem’s Old City speak for themselves. Ranging from past to present, highlighting stories and personalities across micro-communities, it evokes a sense of place through Jerusalem's diverse populations - Palestinian Arab and Jewish Israeli, but also its African and Indian voices, its Greek and Armenian and Syriac communities, its downtrodden Gypsy families and its Sufi mystics.
  • Matthew Teller, Journalist; Author of "Nine Quarters of Jerusalem: A New Biography of the Old City" (Other Press, 2022)

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