Dear Students & Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to a Talk by Prof Rehav Rubin on “Jerusalem through its maps: 6th-19th centuries” co-sponsored by the HKUST Library and Division of Social Science.

Date: November 2, 2017 (Thu)

Time: Talk: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

           Reception: 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Venue: Lecture Theater F

Moderator: Dr Marco Caboara

Language: English

Registration: For HKUST members: Library Event Registration

                       For non-HKUST registrants, please email “”


About the Talk

Jerusalem, a city revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, has been depicted on legions of maps, probably earlier and more frequently than any other city. This talk will survey the maps of Jerusalem through time, from the 6th century Madaba Mosaic map, to the early accurate maps from the late 19th century. Some of the maps depicted a realistic view of Jerusalem but many others are imaginary images of Jerusalem of the Holy Scriptures. Therefore the maps serve as a mirror through which we can look at the development of Jerusalem on one hand and at the perceptions of the Holy City held by European scholars and map-makers on the other hand.

(HKUST students may attain 1 credit hour for the HLTH1010 Healthy Lifestyle Course after attending the Talk)

About the Speaker

Prof Rubin is a professor at the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is currently the Elman Family Visiting Professor of Jewish and Israeli Studies in the Division of Social Science at HKUST. His main areas of research and teaching are the history of cartography and mapping of Jerusalem and the Holy Land; geographical aspects of pilgrimage and Holy Places; and historical geography of Israel/Palestine, especially in late antiquity.

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For enquiries, please contact Alice Ho.

With regards,

HKUST Library and Division of Social Science



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