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Law and Geography: Current Legal Issues Volume 5
In his essay 'Holy Landscape: Israel, Palestine and the American Wilderness',1 W.J.T. Mitchell explores what he terms the 'paradoxical relation between landscape and idolatry'. Defining idolatry as a false god that displaces the true one with a material image, Mitchell contends that extreme Zionism has transformed the landscape of Israel into an idol where the visible and unrepresentable God is made visible and material.2 He asserts that landscape here stands for more than ideology. As an idol it condenses ideology into a potent stereotype for mass consumptionan idolatry of place.3
p. 191-207, Law and Geography: Current Legal Issues Volume 5 edited by Holder, J. & Harrison, C. (Eds.), 2003, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260744.003.0009
W.J.T. Mitchell, Israel, Palestine, idolatry of place, Zionism, idolatry of land, USA, private land ownership, legal rights, legislations
Phillips, G.C. (2003). Idolatry of Land. In Holder, J. & Harrison, C. (Eds.), Law and Geography: Current Legal Issues Volume 5, 191-207. Oxford University Press.
Date Posted: 28 June 2018