Mandate Jerusalem in the Jawhariyah Memoirs: Volume Two of the Memoirs of the Musician Wasif Jawhariyah, 1918-1948
Edited and introduced by
Issam Nassar، Salim Tamari
The Institute for Palestine Studies
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سليم تماري
الجنرال اللنبي
الحكم العسكري البريطاني
الحرب العالمية الثانية
الحرب العظمى الثانية
الانتداب البريطاني على فلسطين
مذكرات فلسطينية
صور عن فلسطين
البومات صور عن فلسطين
موسى كاظم الحسيني
راغب النشاشيبي
بيت جالا
موسيقى فلسطينية
الحياة الاجتماعية الفلسطينية
العادات الفلسطينية
سيرة ذاتية

Jawhariyah’s memoirs have a special significance since they reveal, ridicule, and celebrate, all at once, a set of social practices, some of which are ordinary and routine, while others are concealed and illicit. These revelations are what make these memoirs so valuable. The memoirs focus on the hidden private lives of Jerusalem notables and prominent figures, as well as on the conduct of the Ottoman and British military and political elites. Jawhariyah also uncovers both the failures and heroism of the ordinary people with whom he was raised and among whom he lived. He thereby transforms the ordinary and routine into something wondrous, enabling us to see it with fresh eyes. New social configurations and practices arose in urban Palestine during the First World War and they were crystallized during the Mandate. At the beginning, famine, epidemics, and collective exile conspired to effect major changes in the social fabric in a number of population centers. In Jerusalem, new public spaces took shape outside the walls of the Old City, which embraced new social values. Meanwhile, the state sector contributed to the creation of new gatherings of state employees, and it also invested in the public sector, which led to the stimulation and development of new concentrations of the middle class in the coastal areas of Palestine.


Wasif Jawhariyyeh was a composer, oud (Oriental lute) musician, and historian, who was born in Jerusalem in 1897 and died in Beirut in 1973.

Issam Nassar is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Illinois State University. He previously was on faculty at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and was the associate director of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies. He is also associate editor of Jerusalem Quarterly.

Salim Tamari is IPS senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies. He is editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Hawliyyat al Quds.

He is professor of sociology at Birzeit University and an adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He has authored several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include: Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI (UC Press, 2010); Ihsan's War: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited with I. Nassar,2007, Beirut IPS); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem's Cultural History (edited, with I. Nassar, IJS, 2005) and Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor, IJS, 2005). Tamari has served as visiting professor, University of California at Berkeley (2005, 2007, 2008); Eric Lane Fellow, Cambridge University (2008); lecturer in Mediterranean Studies Venice University (2002-present); among other posts.