Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2003

Publication Source

Law and Geography: Current Legal Issues Volume 5

Start Page

191

Last Page

207

DOI

10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260744.003.0009

Abstract

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

Copyright/Permission Statement

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

Keywords

W.J.T. Mitchell, Israel, Palestine, idolatry of place, Zionism, idolatry of land, USA, private land ownership, legal rights, legislations

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Date Posted:28 June 2018