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Great War and the Remaking of Palestine$
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Salim Tamari

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291256

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291256.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Rafiq Bey’s Public Spectacles

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Great War and the Remaking of Palestine
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Salim Tamari

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291256.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the significance of the remaking of Palestine as an autonomous geographic entity within greater Syria and the Ottoman Arab provinces. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Filistin was not a separate administrative unit within the Ottoman sultanate, but the term Filistin was designated for a region embedded in the provinces of Bilad al-Sham (Syria). It was frequently used to indicate the southern region of Syria, corresponding to the combined sanjaqs (districts) of Akka, Nablus, and Jerusalem. In this regard, the chapter states that the importance of Rafiq al-Tamimi's work is that it provided unique ethnographic distinctions to each of those districts, with detailed and sharp field observations about the customs, mores, and cultural practices of southern Syria as a whole.

Keywords:   Palestine, Syria, Ottoman Arab, Filistin, sanjaqs, Akka, Nablus, Jerusalem, Rafiq al-Tamimi

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