A Bridge Across the Jordan: The Friendship Between a Jewish Carpenter and the King of Jordan

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Arcade Publishing, 1997 - 277 Seiten
Theirs was an unlikely but inspiring friendship. One was born of humble origins in Jerusalem, the other of royal lineage in Mecca. One was a craftsman, the other a king. One was Jewish, the other a devout Muslim. One was born imbued with the ideals of Zionism, the other embodied the rising hopes of Arab nationalism. Yet Mendel Cohen and King Abdullah ibn Hussein of Jordan found common ground in a part of the world where life is so often sacrificed for land. In 1937 Cohen was working as a carpenter in Jerusalem when his skill and reputation for honesty came to the attention of Abdullah, who invited him to cross the Jordan River and work at his palace in Amman. Based on Cohen's memoirs of his years at the Jordanian royal court, A Bridge Across the Jordan is a fascinating account of a region on the brink of dramatic change. It is also an unforgettable portrait of King Abdullah, grandfather and predecessor of King Hussein, and a complex man of enormous wisdom and charm. To Cohen and many others, Abdullah represented the greatest hope for peaceful coexistence between Israel and Jordan - despite the fact that he fought for the Arab cause in the 1948 war. Abdullah's willingness to negotiate sometimes made him a lonely figure in a world where compromise is deemed worse than death. His assassination in 1951 at the hands of an extremist seemed to sound the death knell for peace. Yet in the end peace has prevailed. In 1994 Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty. And in 1995 King Hussein invited authors Adaia and Abraham Shumsky, Mendel Cohen's daughter and her husband, to the royal palace in Amman so that they might retrace Cohen's and Abdullah's footsteps. What the Shumskys found was that thefriendship between their father and King Hussein's grandfather had established a pattern for peace, and that a bridge across the Jordan still stood.
 

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A BRIDGE ACROSS THE JORDAN: The Friendship Between a Jewish Carpenter and the King of Jordan

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Fitting somewhere between the stories of Lawrence of Arabia and Anna and the king of Siam, this is nicely recounted by the Jewish carpenter's daughter and son-in-law, bracketed by their own pertinent ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

A bridge across the Jordan: the friendship between a Jewish carpenter and the King of Jordan

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The Shumskys' illuminating narrative is based on Mendel Cohen's memoirs of his tenure at the Jordanian royal court in the late Thirties and Forties and on the Shumskys' own recent visit to Jordan ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Introduction My Fathers King
1
Between Jerusalem and Amman Mendel Cohens Story
15
The Death of a Monarch
17
Meeting the King
23
At the Palace
31
Getting Acquainted
38
A Royal Guided Tour
44
Inside the Emirs Tent
51
Life Under the Inglizi
144
The British Brigadier and the Bedouin King
160
The Last Chess Game
175
Friend Turns Foe
184
Ezekiels Vision
196
Murder in the Mosque
202
Who Will Be King?
211
O Jerusalem
216

Building Fever
57
The Doors to the Harem
69
Nahada the White Morning Star
78
The Rise of Mohammed Zubati
88
The Kings Sons
94
The Education of Mohammed Zubati
108
Court Intrigue
122
A Kings Lament
132
Part II
225
The Royal Palace Revisited
227
Amman Beyond the Palace Gates
241
Shalom and Salaam Are the Same Word
259
The View from Mount Nebo
266
Suggested Reading
275
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