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Judaism

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Books

The image debate: new book looks at age-old question of figural representation in Islam

This collection of essays examines the Islamic treatment of figuration around the world, from pre-modern decoration to contemporary snowmen

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Jerusalem

Negotiations over Jerusalem’s holy sites not just for politicians, say religious officials

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders say they must be involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

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Iraq

Iraq refuses to co-operate with US archaeologists unless cache of Jewish manuscripts are given back

However, operations financed by the World Monument in Babylon will not be halted

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Iconography

Books: The ecumenicity of iconophobia

Christian, Jewish and Muslim anxieties about images

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Judaism

Niavaran Palace Museum mounts Chagall show in defiance of Iranian regime

Exhibition of Jewish artist’s work challenges official stance on Israel

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Iraq

Military personnel unearth secret hoard of Jewish manuscripts belonging to Saddam Hussein in search for weapons of mass destruction

Found in the headquarters of Saddam’s secret police force in Baghdad, the cache has been transferred to Washington for conservation

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Nazi loot

Who should own Nazi-era assets in Jewish museums?

Museums in the US and Israel contain Judaica from pre-World War II European Jewish communities, redistributed by the Allies who thought this the best solution for material taken from people and institutions that no longer existed