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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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Ottoman Modernity and the Biblical Gaze

Ottoman Modernity and the Biblical Gaze

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(p.157) Eight Ottoman Modernity and the Biblical Gaze
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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/9780520291256.003.0008

This chapter talks about the representation of Palestine in the photography of Khalil Raad. The early photographers of the Levant were almost exclusively Armenians, and Raad was one of the few Arab photographers who became prominent in this period. His photos indicate to what extent local artists had internalized the orientalist discourse of European photographers in their “documentation” of the Holy Land. Moreover, Raad's portraits of Ahmad Cemal Pasha and Mersinli Cemal Pasha, the two main commanders of the Ottoman forces in Syria, appearing in relaxed family and social settings, were circulated widely during the war. Raad's portraits of the two men helped him gain access to the inner circle of the Ottoman administration.

Keywords:   Khalil Raad, Palestine, Arab photographers, Holy Land, European photographers, Ahmad Cemal Pasha, Mersinli Cemal Pasha, Ottoman administration

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