Arabs and Turks: Shifting Notions in Ottoman Ethnography of Syria

Washington, DC

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and

The Institute of Turkish Studies are proud to present:

Arabs and Turks: Shifting Notions in Ottoman Ethnography of Syria

Featuring: Salim Tamari


Using Maps, and military manuals this talk will address how the Ottomans perceived the Arab provinces of Syria and Palestine in their ethnography and cartography, and  how these perceptions shifted drastically during the WWI period leading to a redefinition  of what was peasant, and urbanite, and what constituted an Arab, and a Turk.

Dr. Tamari is Director at the Institute of Jerusalem Studies, Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University and Visiting Professsor at Georgetown University (CCAS). He is Editor of Hawliyyat al Quds, and Jerusalem Quarterly. He is the author of several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include: Jerusalem 1948 (2001); AlQuds Al Uthmaniyya (Ottoman Jerusalem) (2002) Mandate Jerusalem in the Memoirs of Wasif Jawahariyyeh (with Issam Nassar, 2005) al Jabal didd al Bahar, Muwatin,  2005); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor) (IJS, 2005).  Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited,  with I. Nassar,  2007, Beirut IPS);   The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008);3al Jarad: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); Family Papers: Studies in the Contemporary Social History of Palestine (Edited with I. Nassar, and Z. Muhammad, Beirut 2009) Year of the Locust: The Erasure of the Ottoman Past in Palestine (UC Press 2011); Current Research:  Ottoman Mapping and Ethnicity; Ottoman Urban Planning in Syria; Orthodoxy, Communitarian Identity and Urbanism

This event is an installment of the 2011-2012 CCAS Faculty Lecture Series.

Light refreshments will be served.


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