Pilgrims and powerbrokers: The Russian fascination with Jerusalem

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Palestine has experienced wave after wave of conquest and colonization, with the current occupation by Israel being both the latest and the most systematic. In the land where the Bible was formed we find a complex interaction of politics, scriptures and religion. This paper will focus on Russian interests in Palestine as one significant historical expression of the desire to possess Jerusalem that has shaped Jewish identities, motivated the Crusaders, and remains at the heart of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This ‘lust for Zion’ has a complex relationship with the Bible, which has itself been repeatedly occupied by those seeking to colonize the land and drive out the indigenous peoples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPostcolonial voices from down under
Subtitle of host publicationIndigenous matters, confronting readings
EditorsJione Havea
Place of PublicationEugene, OR
PublisherPickwick Publications
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781532605871
ISBN (Print)9781532605864, 9781532605888
Publication statusPublished - 09 Jun 2017


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