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2017

Issue . 69
P. 66
Derelict Structures
The Ottoman Saraya: All That Did Not Remain
ABSTRACT

"All that did not remain” is about the Ottoman saraya (regional government headquarters of mid and late Ottoman era in Palestine) that disappeared from the physical landscapes of urban centers in Palestine. The essay poses a methodological question about how can we think about material culture that is missing from landscape, and how can we talk about events that are missing from historical records. This essay suggests that using indirect entry points such as the use of early photography as historical data, alternative socio-economic-cultural-political narratives come to life.