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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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Arabs, Turks, and Monkeys

Arabs, Turks, and Monkeys

The Ethnography and Cartography of Ottoman Syria

(p.14) Two Arabs, Turks, and Monkeys
Great War and the Remaking of Palestine

Salim Tamari

University of California Press

This chapter examines the evolution of Filistin as a region, as well as the various usages of the term Filistin in late Ottoman cartography and ethnography of Syria. Beginning with the sixteenth century, and possibly earlier, the term Filistin was systematically used to designate the southern Syrian districts—often referring to the region equivalent to the Holy Land in European and biblical travel literature. Both in travel and cartographic publications, the terms Syria and Palestine (Filistin) were used frequently, together and separately, to designate the Shami sanjaqs. Meanwhile, in Ottoman and Egyptian Khedival mapping, the border separating Palestine from Syria was amorphous and overlapping, depending on the political context.

Keywords:   Filistin, Ottoman cartography, ethnography, Syria, Holy Land, biblical travel, Shami, Egyptian Khedival

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