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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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Great War and the Remaking of Palestine

Salim Tamari

University of California Press

This chapter looks at the period of the constitutional revolution as a prelude to the Great War, interpreted by two eminent local historians of the life of Nablus: Muhammad Izzat Darwazeh and Ihsan al-Nimr. It illustrates two contrasting perspectives on how the city potentates, and how its middle classes and artisans reacted to the removal of Sultan Abdul Hamid from power. What is striking in this “farcical moment” was the strength of support for the old regime by the city's merchants and artisans, and the general hostility toward the new freedoms promised by the Young Turks. Nimr attributes this hostility to the substantial autonomy enjoyed by the Nablus region during the earlier periods of Ottoman rule.

Keywords:   constitutional revolution, Great War, Nablus, Muhammad Izzat Darwazeh, Ihsan al-Namir, middles classes, artisans, Sultan Abdul Hamid, Young Turks, Ottoman rule

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