The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies & the Georgetown Institute for Global History are proud to present the 2013-2014 Middle East and North Africa Public Lecture Series and Workshops: "The New Middle East: The First World War 100 Years Later"
Palestinian Perceptions of Ottomans during World War I
Saleh Abdel Jawad
Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellow, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Monday, April 14, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241
The topic of Arab-Turkish relations, especially during WWI, remains challenging in historiographical and political terms. Despite deep political differences among them, historians of Arab nationalism, Turkish nationalism, Zionism, and the “West” typically portray Arabs as harboring a negative opinion of the Ottomans during WWI to the extent that they waged the “Great Arab Revolt" against them. Based on new, mainly oral sources, Dr. Abdel Jawad argues that the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian population held pro-Turkish sentiments before and during the War. He nuances this view, however, by exploring differences of opinion along religious, class, and cultural lines. Dr. Abdel Jawad will conclude by attempting to explain why different narratives of the war, despite their contradicting "agendas," continue to depict Arab sentiments as being mainly anti-Ottoman.
Saleh Abdel Jawad (Hamayel) is the 2013-14 Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Dr. Abdel Jawad has a PhD in Political Science from Paris X-Nanterre University and is the former Dean of Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on Zionism and the Palestinian national movement, with a special focus on the Nakba and Palestinian collective memory and Israeli strategies toward Palestinian society. He is currently working on a publication that will expand on the research he conducted for his latest article "Palestinian Migration to America and the Emergence of a New Local Leadership, 1909-1948," Jerusalem Quarterly 36 (Winter 2009).
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