Nine Quarters of Jerusalem: Caabu and MBI Al Jaber Foundation Online Book Launch with author, Matthew Teller

10 Mar 2022 17:30 - 18:30

Caabu and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation invite you to an online book launch with author Matthew Teller, who will be discussing his new book, Nine Quarters of Jerusalem: A New Biography of the Old City, on Thursday 10 March 2022 at 5:30pm (GMT UK time).

Register for this online book launch here.

The book, published by Profile Books on 17 March, can be purchased here through Caabu's affiliate page on Caabu receives 10% of any purchase made as does an independent book shop.

When: Thursday 10 March 2022, 17:30 (GMT, UK time).

Where: Online. Sign up for the discussion here.

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  • Nine Quarters of Jerusalem by Matthew Teller is available to purchase here.
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We hope you enjoy reading any of these titles, and supporting Caabu in the process.

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About the speaker:

Matthew Teller writes for the BBC, Guardian, Independent, Time, Financial Time and other global media. He has produced and presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and World Service, and has reported for From Our Own Correspondent from around the Middle East and beyond. He is the author of several travel guides, including the Rough Guide to Jordan; his most recent book is Quite Alone: Journalism from the Middle East 2008–2019.

He Tweets: @matthewteller.

About the book:

In Jerusalem, what you see and what is true are two different things. Maps divide the walled Old City into four quarters, yet that division doesn’t reflect the reality of mixed and diverse neighbourhoods. Beyond the crush and frenzy of its major religious sites, much of the Old City remains little known to visitors, its people overlooked and their stories untold. Nine Quarters of Jerusalem lets the communities of the Old City speak for themselves. Ranging through ancient past and political present, it evokes the city’s depth and cultural diversity.

Matthew Teller’s highly original ‘biography’ features the Old City’s Palestinian and Jewish communities, but also spotlights its Indian and African populations, its Greek and Armenian and Syriac cultures, its downtrodden Dom Gypsy families and its Sufi mystics. It discusses the sources of Jerusalem’s holiness and the ideas – often startlingly secular – that have shaped lives within its walls. It is an evocation of place through story, led by the voices of Jerusalemites. Read this interesting thread from Matthew Teller on why he wrote the book.

The book, published by Profile Books on 17 March. can be purchased here.

The MBI Al Jaber Foundation promotes education, cultural dialogue & good governance to establish better understanding between the Middle East and wider world. The MBI Al Jaber Foundation helps the next generation of talent from the MENA region gain the freedom and opportunity to shape their future and that of their community, country and region.

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