Iconoclasm - A Geographical Viewpoint

Gideon Biger*

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Iconoclasm mainly concerns the destruction of icons, based on the Commandment of the Bible 'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image... ' (Exodus 20:4). Iconoclasm can be presented in two different ways. One is that of an 'inside aspect', taking place within a given religious system. The other is an 'outside aspect', through which a religious system destroys the religious symbols of another religion. Dealing mainly with the 'outside aspect', one may find many religious sites which were destroyed or had their functions changed while these were occupied by another religious group. The holy city of Jerusalem, which lived under different religious regimes, can present this phenomenon, as each regime changed the landscape of the city according to its own perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S133-S143
JournalEuropean Review
StatePublished - 4 Nov 2022


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