By Khaldoun Samman

"A tour-de-force in numerous fields of information. It takes world-city and world-history literatures to a better point of intensity and knowing. it's tricky to visualize a extra pioneering, in-depth learn of worldwide cities." Ramon Grosfoguel, Professor, division of Ethnic reviews, collage of California, Berkeley "A awesome and unique dialogue of 3 nice sacred towns throughout time, and their transformation by means of nationalism within the sleek world." Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale collage faraway from spawning an age of tolerance, modernity has created the social foundation of department and exclusion. This e-book elaborates this provocative declare because it explores the wealthy yet divided histories of 3 towns positioned on the crossroads of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Many observers presume that violence is equipped into those sacred towns simply because their voters hang to non secular or cultural beliefs of a few archaic age; simply while this heritage is triumph over can voters input a brand new age of brotherhood. Samman persuades us to refocus our awareness on modernity, which has instilled troubling dilemmas from the skin. He indicates how those sacred locations in the past entered the trendy global the place international political and monetary forces exacerbate nationalism and local divisions. If we're to unravel deep conflicts we needs to re-imagine the institutional foundation on which modernity, instead of faith, is built.

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