JPS “Hidden Gems” and “Greatest Hits”: Fifty Years of Ottoman Studies of Palestine
Ottoman studies
Palestinian identity
history from below

In this essay, emeritus sociology professor Salim Tamari surveys the study of Ottoman Palestine within the pages of JPS, identifying two ground-breaking articles: Beshara Doumani’s “Rediscovering Ottoman Palestine: Writing Palestinians into History” (1992) and Louis Fishman’s “The 1911 Haram al-Sharif Incident: Palestinian Notables versus the Ottoman Administration” (2005). Tamari argues that the two contributions have, in different ways, fundamentally shifted our understanding of a local Palestinian identity within the broader Ottoman-era region of Bilad al-Sham.

Author biography: 

Salim Tamari is emeritus professor of sociology at Birzeit University.