JQ 60 ( 2014)
Editorial: New Approaches to Archives and sources for Jerusalem's History
Letter from Jerusalem: Yara and the Wanted Eighteen
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reacted to spiraling events in Jerusalem and elsewhere in October and November with a predictable, if dangerous, formula: force and more force. The slew of directives from his right-wing government includes a 2 November cabinet-proposed amendment to the...
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Letter from Jerusalem: How to Take Down Walls: Twenty-Five Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
The Palestinian refugee camps as they stand today are the result of long and ongoing spatial processes. The refugees have been constructing houses and businesses to accommodate their needs. With the fourth generation of refugees born in exile, the camps have become overcrowded, highly built...
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How Refuge Creates Informality: Shelter Politics in Refugee Camps in Beirut
This paper looks at how humanitarian policies of protection encourage the development of informality in refugee camps, particularly informal housing. I look at four urban camps in and around Beirut: Mar Elias, Burj al-Barajneh, Shatila, and Dbayeh. Through interviews with the early inhabitants of...
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British Framing of the Frontier in Palestine, 1918– 1923: Revisiting Colonial Sources on Tribal Insurrection, Land Tenure, and the Arab Intelligentsia
Munir Fakher Eldin
On 22 April 1920, skirmishes took place between British gendarmes based in the frontier town of Baysan and hundreds of armed tribesmen of the Ghazawiyya – one of the biggest tribes in the region. Several men were killed on both sides. The next day, about two thousand tribesmen from across the...
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Souvenir from Gethsemane: Portrait of the Albina Brothers
When in 2004 my daughter, in search of family background, asked, “Which language did your dad speak best?” I swiftly responded, “Silence.” The answer seemed flippant, and we both laughed. But in truth, in spite of the number of languages he could speak, my father, Jamil, spoke little. Oh, there...
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The Three Lives of Mehmet Lutfi Bey: Under Ottoman, Syrian, and Turkish States
M. Talha Çiçek
The Ottoman Empire left an abandoned cultural heritage, one which was not adopted by its successor nation-states. The founders of the post-Ottoman nationstates preferred to establish their national identity on the historical basis of denying the imperial legacy and opening a corridor in history for...
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A Farcical Moment? Nabulsi Exceptionalism and the 1908 Ottoman Revolution
Throughout the twentieth century and most of the nineteenth, the city of Nablus (“Little Damascus,” as coined by Maqdisi) evoked images of soap, knafeh, and tolerance of homosexuality. It was also a region of sporadic rebellions by its surrounding peasantry. The epitaph Jabal al-Nar, “the Mountain...
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Publishing Jerusalem’s Ottoman Municipal Archives (1892–1917): A Turning Point for the City’s Historiography
Yasemin Avci, Vincent Lemire, Falestin Naili
This article intends to provide a description of the archives of the Ottoman municipality of Jerusalem (1892–1917) and point to some of the main benefits that can be derived from this little known source for the historiography of Jerusalem. The archives of the Ottoman municipality are part of the...
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Freunde Jerusalems: Germanophone Archival Sources on Palestine, 1841– 1945
On the following pages, I would like to offer a brief overview of germanophone sources on Palestine, or the coastal strip between Saida, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Jordan River, from the period 1841–1945. Aside of descriptions of the items, detailed information on the institutions and persons...
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Idylls of Jerusalem: The Bells of Memory and Jerusalem
Remembering Jerusalem and remembering childhood are both, in many ways, missions impossible. On the latter, Vladimir Nabokov, in his wonderful autobiography Speak Memory, notes that childhood memory commences as “spaced flashes” until “bright blocks of perception are formed, affording memory a...
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