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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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The Sweet Aroma of Holy Sewage

The Sweet Aroma of Holy Sewage

Urban Planning and the New Public Sphere in Palestine

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Great War and the Remaking of Palestine

Salim Tamari

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes how new urban sensibilities grew out of the secularization of public space. It involved the transformation of ceremonials from traditional religious celebrations to popular carnivalesque avenues for leisure (most notably the Nebi Rubeen and Nebi Musa festivals, known as mawasim), now stripped of their religious motifs. A significant drive boosting these urban developments was the substantial investment in public infrastructure dictated by German–Ottoman war planning. These schemes can be seen also as part of earlier Ottoman policies, beginning with the work of Midhat Pasha in the mid-nineteenth century, to integrate the Syrian urban centers within the Ottoman centralizing state. The chapter shows how these plans involved the development of urban planning, the schooling system, and the introduction of new cultural institutions to buttress the integration of Syria and Palestine within the Ottoman system.

Keywords:   public space, religious celebrations, Nebi Rubeen, Nebi Musa, urban developments, German–Ottoman war, Midhat Pasha

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