Shaykh Khalil al-Khalidi: Chief Judge of the Kingdom of Palestine
Shaykh Khalil al-Khalidi
Ottoman Empire
Hanafi jurisprudence
Ottoman judiciary
Jamal al-Din al-Afghani
Committee of Union and Progress
Ottoman history
In Remembrance
1863 - 1941

This abridged version of the Arabic original provides a comprehensive exploration of Shaykh Khalil alKhalidi’s life (1863/4–1941). Originating from a prestigious Jerusalem family, the narrative delves into his formative years, education at alAqsa, and extensive studies in Istanbul. The study examines his academic pursuits, including training in Hanafi jurisprudence and interactions with influential scholars. It further elucidates his diverse appointments in the Ottoman judiciary, detailing his travels to Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. The inclusion of figures like Jamal al-Din al-Afghani adds depth to his intellectual journey. The narrative encompasses Shaykh Khalil’s challenging period of unemployment, subsequent appointments, and notable roles in the Ottoman judiciary, concluding with his affiliation with the Committee of Union and Progress. Illustrations, including his ijaza and certification documents, enrich the historical narrative.

Author biography: 

Khader Salamah is a senior researcher and librarian at the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem and former director of Masjid al-Aqsa Museum and Library. His many research publications include Fihris makhtutat Maktabat al-Masjid al-Aqsa (al-Quds, 1987); Fihris makhtutat al-Maktaba al-Budayriya (al-Quds); Idarat al-Awqaf alʻAmma, Maktaba al-Masjid al-Aqsa; and Qaryat Zakariya (2013).