The Hijazi Railroad: History of the Dar'a-Haifa Line
Publisher: 
The Institute of Jerusalem Studies
Publication Year: 
2008
Language: 
Arabic
Number of Pages: 
222
Keywords: 
المواصلات في فلسطين
قطارات
خطوط حديدية
سكة حديد
يافا
القدس
دمشق
الدولة العثمانية
الحجاز
درعا
حيفا
الانتداب البريطاني
الحرب العالمية الأولى
صور عن فلسطين
وثائق عن فلسطين
وثائق فلسطينية
TABLE OF CONTENT
Abstract

The Hijazi railroad was built by the Ottoman state during the late reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. It main objectives were to ensure the transport of Muslim Pilgrims to Hijaz in a safe and efficient manner, but it also served to transport troops to subdue potential and actual rebellions against the state in the Arab provinces. German and Ottoman engineers laid the foundation of the Damascus-Medina connection. Later the Dar'a-Haifa line was added, serving to connect the Syrian hinterland with its coasts, and the Arab East with Europe and the rest of the world. It took eight years to complete construction on this line and its branches (1900-1908) and it played a critical role in the military operations of the Great War, as well as in the economic development of the region as a whole. This study, based on original archival material, is the first systematic study of the Hijazi Railroad in Arabic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Johnny Mansour is a noted historian of Haifa and a Lecturer of History and author of several books on Arab history and culture.
 

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