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Griese, Hannah (2020): Jerusalem between Political Interests and Religious Promise. The Opening Ceremony of the New US Embassy as Media Ritual. In: Journal for Religion, Film and Media, Vol. 6, No. 1: pp. 127-151 [PDF, 4MB]


This article focuses on the opening ceremony for the new US embassy in Jerusalem, which took place on 14 May 2018. By analyzing a live tran mission of the ceremony, it seeks to show how Jerusalem is constructed as a “holy city” through the ceremony and its medial representation. It thus aims to deepen our understanding of the relationship between religion and politics in the Middle East by focusing on the intersection of ritual, (sacred) space, conflict, and the media. More specifically, adopting a spatial approach to religion, drawing on this episode it looks at media rituals in the construction of holy space within the Middle East conflict.

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