Prof. Leonard Hammer publishes landmark book on the holy sites of Jerusalem

Oct. 6, 2023
Jerusalem's Holy Sites book cover

Human Rights Practice Executive Committee Member Prof. Leonard Hammer has co-authored (with Marshall J. Bregger of the Catholic University of America) a book newly published by Cambridge University Press entitled The Contest and Control of Jerusalem's Holy Sites: A Historical Guide to Legality, Status, and OwnershipBelow is the publisher's description of the book.

The Holy Places of Jerusalem's Old City are among the most contested sites in the world and the 'ground zero' of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tensions regarding control are rooted in misperceptions over the status of the sites, the role of external bodies such as religious organizations and civil society, and misunderstanding regarding the political roles of the many actors associated with the sites.

In this volume, Marshall J. Breger and Leonard M. Hammer clarify a complex and fraught situation by providing insight into the laws and rules pertaining to Jerusalem's holy sites. Providing a compendium of important legal sources and broad-form policy analysis, they show how laws pertaining to Holy Places have been implemented and engaged.

The book weaves aspects of history, politics, and religion that have played a role in creation and identification of the 'law.' It also offers solutions for solving some of the central challenges related to the creation, control, and use of Holy Places in Jerusalem.