Doctor Nimrod Luz

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Land of Israel Studies B.A, Land of Israel studies M.A

Selected Publications

Ph.D. Dissertation

Luz. N, (2001). Provincial Cities in Mamluk Syria 1260-1517. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Hebrew) 350 pages. [Magna cum laude]

Supervisors: prof. Rehav (Buni) Rubin and prof. Reuven Amitai.

Scientific Books (Refereed)

B1. Authored Books

  1. Luz, N. (forthcoming 2022). The Politics of Sacred Places. A View from Israel/Palestine. London: Bloomsbury Academics. (under contract)
  2. Luz, N. (2014). Reading Mamluk Cities: Culture and the Urban Landscape. Cities and Urbanism of the Pre-Modern Middle East. New York: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization, Cambridge University Press. (265 pages)

B2. Edited Books and Special Journal Issues – Published 

  1. Luz, N. (Ed.). (2004). Islam, Society, and Space in Jerusalem. Past and Present. The New East, XLIV (Hamizrach Hachadash). The Israel Oriental Society, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magness Press. [in Hebrew]. (850 copies) (305 pages).

B3. Monographs (refereed)

  1. Luz, N. (2007). On Land and Planning Majority-Minority Narrative in Israel: The Misgav-Sakhnin Conflict as a Parable. Floersheimer Institute for Policy Study, Jerusalem: Achva Press. [in Hebrew]. (107 pages).
  2. Luz, N. (2005). The Arab Community of Jaffa and the Hassan Bey Mosque. Collective Identity and Empowerment of the Arabs in Israel via Holy Places. Floersheimer Institute for Policy Study, Jerusalem: Achva Press. [in Hebrew]. (52 pages).
  3. Luz, N. (2004). Al-Haram Al-Sharif in the Arab-Palestinian Public Discourse in Israel: Identity, Collective Memory and Social Construction. Floersheimer Institute for Policy Study, Jerusalem: Achva Press. [in Hebrew]. (74 pages).

B4. Other Scientific Books 

  1. Luz, N. (forthcoming 2022). Lunch Break. Meals, Secreted and Legends. Tel Aviv: Afik. (under contract). [in Hebrew]

Articles in Refereed Journals


  1. Luz, N. (2022). ReligioCity in Acre. Religious Processions, Parades, and Festivities in a Multi-religious City. Cities. (IF: 5.85). 
  2. Luz, N. (2022). Gentrification and Hetrarchies of Urban Planning. Reflections on the Religious Neighborhood in Acre. Numen, International Review for the History of Religions 69/2-3, 212-235.
  3. Stadler, N and Luz, N. (2021). The Enchanted Moments of Space: Mythology, Rituals and Materiality at the Saint Mariam Bawardy Shrine. History and Anthropology 32/1, 1-26.  (on-line publication). (IF: 0,562). (equal measures)
  4. Zaban, H. and Luz, N. (2021). The Acre Riots as a Display of Rage. Theory and Critique (special volume: Spreading like a Wildfire), 1-6. (on-line publication). [in Hebrew]
  5. Luz, N. (2021) Eating Israeliness during Covid 19 Lockdown. A Short Ethnography of Students’ Field Dairies in Israeli Periphery. Israeli Sociology 21/2, 207-218. [in Hebrew]
  6. Luz, N. (2020). Materiality as an Agency of Knowledge. Competing Forms of Knowledge Concerning Rachel’s Tomb in Tiberias. Journeys. The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 21/1 (on-line publication) (IF: 0.598)
  7. Luz, N. (2020). Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism in Islam. Annals of Tourism Research, 82 (on-line publication) (IF:9.011)
  8. Luz, N. and Stadler, N. (2019) Religious Urban Decolonization: New Mosques/Antique Cities. Colonial Settler Society, 9, 284-300. (IF: 1.33)
  9. Luz, N. (2016). Scripting Mamluk Cities: Insider’s Look, Explorations into Landscape Narratives. The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, series 3, 26/1-2, 72-78.
  10. Luz, N. (2016). The ‘Islamic City’ Model and the Landscape of the Historic Middle Eastern City. The New East 55, 167-188.  [in Hebrew]
  11. Stadler, N., & Luz, N. (2015). Two Venerated Mothers Separated by a Fence: Iconic Spaces and Borders in Israel: Palestine. Journal of Religion & Society. 127-141. (IF: 0.22 Q1).

Under Review 

Luz, N. (under review). ReligioCity: Towards a Theory of Urban Religion and Religion in Urbanity. Religion and Urbanity Online (open access).

Prior to Last Promotion

  1. Napolitano, V., Luz, N., Stadler, N. (2015) Introduction: Borderlands and Religion’: Materialities, Histories and the transformations of State Sovereignty. Journal of Religion & Society. 1-8.
  2. Luz, N. (2015) Planning with Resurgent Religion: Informality and Gray Spacing of the Urban Landscape, Journal of Planning Theory and Practice. 1-7.
  3. Stadler, N. & Luz, N. (2014). The Veneration of Womb Tombs: Body-based Rituals and Politics at Mary’s Tomb and Maqam Abu al-Hijja. Journal of Anthropological Research, 70(2), 183-205. 
  4. Luz, N. (2013). Islam, Culture and the ‘Others’: Landscape of Religious (in) Tolerance in Jerusalem 638-1517. Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 40, 301-334. 
  5. Luz, N. (2008). Symbols, Landscape, and Ideology in Mamluk Jerusalem. Eretz-Israel, Archeological, Historical and Geographical Studies, Teddy Kollek Book, 28, 248-254. [in Hebrew].
  6. Luz, N. (2008). Darwin, Sociology, and the Sacred in Modernity. Confluence XIV(1), 84-89. 
  7. Luz, N. (2008). The Politics of Sacred Places. Palestinian identity, collective memory, and resistance in the Hassan Bek mosque conflict. Society and Space: Environment and Planning D, 26(6), 1036-1052. 
  8. Luz, N. (2005). Kennedy and The Islamic City Model: Preliminary Remarks to: From Polis to Madina. Jammaa, 13, 103-107. [in Hebrew]
  9. Luz, N. (2004). The Events of the Jewish Synagogue as a Mirror of the Public Sphere in Mamluk Jerusalem. The New East (Hamizrach Hachadash), 44, 127-143. [in Hebrew]. 
  10. Luz, N. (2002). Aspects of Islamization of Space and Society in Mamlūk Jerusalem and Its Hinterland. Mamlūk Studies Review, 6, 135-155. 
  11. Luz, N. (1998). The Aqueduct that Overcame the Force of Gravity? The Case of the Aqueduct of al-Ramla – A Geographical Analysis of Historical Sources. Studies in the Geography of Israel, 15, 117-126. [in Hebrew] 
  12. Luz, N. (1997). Umayyad al-Ramla – An Urban Innovation in Palestine. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 7(1), 27-54. 
  13. Luz, N. (1996). Umayyad al-Ramla – Historical and Geographical Aspects. Cathedra for the History of Eretz-Israel and its Yishuv, 79, 22-52. [in Hebrew]

Chapters in Scientific Books (refereed) 


  1. Luz, N. (2021). Unholy Religious Encounters and the Development of Jerusalem’s Urban Landscape. Between Particularism and Exceptionalism. In: M. Giora and M. Burchardt (eds.), Geographies of Encounter: The Rise and Fall of Multi-Religious Spaces (pp. 29-54). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Luz, N. (2021). Spatial Sanctity Transformation in Israel/Palestine. In: L. Chen, O. Hacker and N. Stadler (eds.), Sacred Places in the Holy Land: An Ethnographic Perspective (pp. 126-153). Rannana: Lamda Scholarship, The Open University of Israel Press.
  3. Luz, N. (2021). Spatial Discourses of Sanctity as Means of Resistance in a Contested City. In: M. Greira and M. Burchardt (eds.), Religion in Action (pp. 111-125). London: Bloomsbury. 
  4. Luz, N. (forthcoming) Minarets in Syrian Mamluk Cities: Reflections on Culture, Power and Meaning in the Developing Urban Landscape. In: R. Amitai and A. Levanoni (eds.), The Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria: Studies in the History of a Late Medieval Middle Eastern Stat. Ashgate. 
  5. Luz, N. (2019). Reconstructing the Urban Landscape of Mamluk Jerusalem: Spatial and Sociopolitical Implications. In: R. Amitai and S. Connerman (eds.), The Mamluk Sultanate from the Perspective of Regional and World History Economic, Social and Cultural Development in an Era of Increasing International Interaction and Competition (pp. 123-148). Gottingen: V&R Unipress and Bonn University Press.
  6. Luz, N. (2018). The Holy Land from the Mamluk Sultanate to the Ottoman Empire. In: R. Hoyland and H. Williamson (eds.), The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land (pp. 230-257). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  7. Collins-Kreiner N. and Luz N. (2018). Judaism and Tourism over the Ages: The Impacts of Technology, Geopolitics and the Changing Political Landscape. In R. Butler and W. Suntikul (eds.), Tourism and Religion (pp. 51-67). London: Channel View Publications. 
  8. Luz, N. and Stadler, N. (2018). Urban Planning, Religious Voices and Ethnicity in the Contested City of Acre: The Lababidi Mosque Explored. In: J. Rokem and C. Boano (eds.), Rethinking Planning and Urban Geopolitics in Contested Cities (pp. 138-151). London: Routledge. 
  9. Luz, N. (2017). Lod and Ramla and not Ramlod: On a Geography Anomaly and the longue Durée of Urban Anomaly. In A. Shavit, T. Da’adli and Y. Gadot (eds.), Diospolis –City of God III (pp. 21-42). (Lod, Tagliot.) [in Hebrew]
  10. Luz N. and Collins-Kreiner N. (2015). Studying Jewish Pilgrimage in Israel. In:  J. Eade, & D. Albera, (eds.), International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies Itineraries, Gaps and Obstacles (pp. 134-151). New York and London: Routledge.

Prior to Last Promotion

  1. Luz, N. (2014). Icons of Power and Religious Piety: The Politics of Mamluk Patronage. In: K. Cytryn-Silverman & D. Talmon-Heller (eds.), Material Evidence and Narrative Sources: Interdisciplinary Studies of the History of the Muslim Middle East (pp. 239-266). Leiden: Brill.
  2. Luz, N. (2014). The Glocalization of al-Haram al-Sharif. Landscape of Islamic Resurgence and National Revival: Designing Memory, Mystification of Place. In: U. Martensson, I. Weismman & M. Sedgwick (eds.), Islamic Myths and Memories: Mediators of Globalization (pp. 99-120). London: Ashgate. 
  3. Luz, N. (2013). The Islamic Movement and the Seduction of Sanctified Landscapes: Using Sacred Places to Conduct the Struggle for Land. In: E. Rekhess & A. Rudnitzky (eds.), Muslim Minorities in non-Muslim Majority Countries: The Test Case of the Islamic Movement in Israel, (pp. 67-77). Tel Aviv University: The Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, Tel Aviv: ART Press. 
  4. Luz, N. (2013). Metaphors to live by: Identity Formation and Resistance among Minority Muslims in Israel. In: P. Hopkins, L. Kong & E. Olson (eds.), Religion and Place. Identity, Community and Territory (pp. 57-74). Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer.
  5. Luz, N. (2012). Jerusalem as a Mamluk City: Urban Characteristics and the

    Model of a Muslim City. In: Y. Friedman & J. Drory (eds.), The History of Jerusalem. The Mamluk Period (1260-1517) (pp. 59-77). Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Publications. [in Hebrew].

  6. Luz, N. (2011). Sufi Orders in the Urban Landscape: Islamization and Religious Radicalization in Ayyubid and Mamluk Jerusalem. In: A. Layish (ed.), Conversion, Sufism, Revival and Reform in Islam. Essays in Memory of Nehemia Levtzion (pp. 178-207). Tel Aviv: Hidekel Press. [in Hebrew].
  7. Luz, N. (2011). The Islamic Movement and the Lure of the Sacred: The Struggle for Land through Sacred Sites. In: E. Rekhess & A. Rudnitzky (eds.), Muslim Minorities in non-Muslim Majority Countries: The Test Case of the Islamic Movement in Israel, (pp. 75-84). Tel Aviv University: The Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, Tel Aviv: Eyal Press. [in Hebrew] 
  8. Luz, N. (2011). Mamluk Jerusalem and the Concept of the ‘Muslim City’: Geographic-Historic-Cultural Readings of the Urban Landscape. In: K. Cohen-Hattab, A. Selzer & D. Bar (eds.), A City Reflected Through its Research (pp. 25-55). Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magness Press. [in Hebrew].
  9. Luz, N. (2010). Self-Empowerment through the Sacred Culture and Representation the Urban Landscape: The Mosque of Hassan Bey and the Arab Community in Jaffa. In: M. Berger, Y. Reiter & L. Hammer (eds.), Holy Places in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Confrontation and Co-Existence (pp. 249-263). London, New York: Routledge.
  10. Luz, N. (2008). The Creation of Modern Beersheba. An Imperial Ottoman Project. In: Y. Garduz & E. Meir-Glizenstein (eds.), Beer Sheva: Metropolis in the Making (pp. 177-194). Negev Center for Regional Development, Beersheba: Ben Gurion University of the Negev Press. [in Hebrew].
  11. Luz, N. (2008). Symbols, Landscape, and Ideology in Mamluk Jerusalem. In: Y. Aviram, Y. Ben Arie, D. Bahat, M. Broshi & G. Barkai (eds.), Eretz-Israel, Archeological, Historical and Geographical Studies, Teddy Kollek Book, Jerusalem, The Israel Exploration Society (pp. 248-254). Jerusalem: Old City Press. [in Hebrew].
  12. Luz, N. (2005). The Re-making of Beersheba: Winds of Modernization in Late Ottoman Sultanate. In: I. Weissman & F. Zachs (eds.), Ottoman Reforms and Muslim Regeneration. Studies in Honor of Prof. Butrus Abu Manneh (pp. 187-210). London and New York: I. B. Tauris.
  13. Luz, N. (2004). Pictures from the Galilee – Resident Accessibility: A Qualitative Approach. In: S. Hasson & K. Abu Asbah (eds.), Jews and Arabs in Israel Facing a Changing Reality. Dilemmas, Trends, Scenarios and Recommendations (pp. 215-226). Jerusalem: The Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies. [in Hebrew].
  14. Luz, N. (2004). Urban Residential Houses in Mamluk Syria. Forms, Characteristics and the Impact of Socio-Cultural Forces. In: A. Levanoni & M. Vinter (eds.), The Mamluks in Egyptian and Syrian Politics and Society (pp. 339-358). Boston and Leiden: Brill.
  15. Luz, N. (2002). Tripoli Reinvented: A Case of Mamluk Urbanization. In: Y. Lev (ed.), Towns and Material Culture in the Medieval Middle East (pp. 52-72). Leiden: Brill.
  16. Luz, N. (1999). Amwas – The First Capital of Jund Filastin. In: Y. Ben Artzi, I. Bartal & E. Reiner (eds.), Studies in Geography and History in Honor of Yehushua Ben-Arie (pp. 168-183). Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magness Press. [in Hebrew]

Other Scientific Publications (Book Reviews)

  1. Luz, N. (2020). Religious Pluralism and the City: Inquiries into Postsecular Urbanism. Review of H. Berking, S. Steets, and Jochen Schwenk (eds) Book. TDSR 31/1: 83-84.
  2. Luz, N. (2020). Ordinary Jerusalem 1840-1940: Opening New Archives,

    Revisiting a Global City. A review of A. Dalanchanis and V. Lemire (eds.) Book. Quest. Issues in

    Contemporary Jewish History. Journal of the Fondazione CDEC, 17: 211-213. 

  3. Luz, N. (2019). Medieval Jerusalem: Forging an Islamic City in Spaces Sacred to Christians and Jews. A review of Jacob Lassner’s book. English Historical Review 134/569: 946-947.
  4. Luz, N. (2010). Arab Demography and Early Jewish Settlement in Palestine, A review of David Grossman’s Book. The New East, 49, 203-204. [in Hebrew].
  5. Luz, N. (2004). The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture. The Power of Identity, A Review of Manuel Castells’ Book. Geographical Research Forum, 24(2), 135-136.


  1. Luz, N. (2021). Tahini, Amba, Spicy, in Tiberias. Eretz Ha’Kinneret 33: 43-46. [in Hebrew].
  2. Luz, N. (2021). Pilgrimage as Landscape of Death: Infrastructures, Stampede and Ethnocracy. Ruminations in the aftermath of the Meron catastrophe in Israel. Interview conducted with Susanne Rau. Urbrel blog: May 20.
  3. Luz, N. (2021). Jerusalem Or: When Religion Shakes Urbanity. Interview conducted with Emiliano Urciuoili. Urbrel blog: May 25.
  4. Luz, N. (2020). The First Pandemic in Islam. Repercussions of the Plague of Amwas. Et-Mol 268: 3-7. [in Hebrew]
  5. Luz, N. (2020). And Jerusalem has no Walls. Segula 122: 16-27. [in Hebrew].
  6. Luz, N. (2019). New Myths on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee. The construction process of Rachel’s Tomb, the wife of Rabbi Akiva, in Tiberias. Eretz Ha’Kinneret 23: 43-46. [in Hebrew].
  7. Luz, N. (2012). Metaphors of Resistance: Minority Sacred Sites- Maqam Abu al-Hijja. In: N. Barzel (ed.), The Galilee as a Multi-Cultural Space. Conference Proceedings. Oranim Academic College: Ofek. [in Hebrew].

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