Christian-Muslim-Jewish Relations: A Nazareth Case Study

Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth. Photo taken from

The Shihab al-Din affair that agitated Nazareth during 1997-2003 erupted from the intrusion of a group of Islamists into a government-owned square in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation with the insistent demand to build a huge mosque that would overshadow the Basilica. It extened far beyond a local conflict over a piece of land and signified the triangle of Muslim-Christian, Jewish-Christian, and Jewish-Muslim relations in Israel and above all the treatment of the Arab citizens by the Israeli-Jewish government. The affair further demonstrated the significance of Nazareth, the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Christian Holy Places in general to worldwide Christianity and the ability of the international community to put pressure on the Israeli government's decision making regarding the Holy Places. Was the Shihab Al-Din affair a passing episode? Was it a demonstration of Huntington's "clash of civilizations" theory?

- Daphne Tsimhoni, "The Shihab al-Din Mosque Affair in Nazareth" in Holy Places in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Marshal J. Breger, Yitzhak Reiter, and Leonard Hammer, eds.)

Daphne Tsimhoni, a guest on an upcoming Diwaniyya Short,  contextualizes the Shihab al-Din Mosque affair in Nazareth, examining it as a case study in Jewish-Christian, Jewish-Muslim, and Christian-Muslim relations in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

View the article after the jump.

Tsimhoni Shihab Al-Din Affair


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