BOOK LAUNCH | Nine Quarters of Jerusalem A New Biography of the Old City


In Jerusalem, what you see and what is true are two different things. The Old City has never had “four quarters” as its maps proclaim. And beyond the crush and frenzy of its major religious sites, many of its quarters are little known to visitors, its people ignored and their stories untold. Nine Quarters of Jerusalem lets the communities of the Old City speak for themselves. Ranging from ancient past to political present, it evokes the city’s depth and cultural diversity.
Matthew Teller’s highly original “biography” features not just Jerusalem’s Palestinian and Jewish communities, but its African and Indian voices, its Greek and Armenian and Syriac communities, 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.



Matthew Teller writes for the BBC, Guardian, Independent, Times of London, Financial Times and other global media. He has produced and presented documentaries for BBC Radio, and has reported for the BBC’s “From Our Own Correspondent” programme from around the Middle East and beyond. He is the author of several travel guides, including the Rough Guide to Jordan, and his previous book was “Quite Alone: Journalism from the Middle East 2008–2019.”

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Date & time

Thu 06 Oct 2022, 5.30–6.30pm


Online via Zoom


Matthew Teller
Dr Bob Bowker
Prof Karima Laachir
Ms Jacinta Carroll


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