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Year of the Locust

A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past

Salim Tamari

Publication Year: 2011

Year of the Locust captures in page-turning detail the end of the Ottoman world and a pivotal moment in Palestinian history. In the diaries of Ihsan Hasan al-Turjman (1893–1917), the first ordinary recruit to describe World War I from the Arab side, we follow the misadventures of an Ottoman soldier stationed in Jerusalem. There he occupied himself by dreaming about his future and using family connections to avoid being sent to the Suez. His diaries draw a unique picture of daily life in the besieged city, bringing into sharp focus its communitarian alleys and obliterated neighborhoods, the ongoing political debates, and, most vividly, the voices from its streets—soldiers, peddlers, prostitutes, and vagabonds. Salim Tamari’s indispensable introduction places the diary in its local, regional, and imperial contexts while deftly revising conventional wisdom on the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.

Published by: University of California Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

List of Figures

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

I am grateful to Rema Hammami, Irvin Schick, George Hintelian, Beshara Doumani, and Issam Nassar for their critical comments on an earlier draft. Ayşe Çavdar and Sibel Sayek helped me with Ottoman Turkish terms. Ayse was particularly helpful in locating old photographs and maps. ...

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Chapter 1. The Erasure of Ottoman Palestine

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pp. 1-88

Soldiers’ diaries, particularly those from World War I, have been a constant reminder of the horrors of war. A large stock of such memoirs have reached us from the ranks of the Allied forces, particularly from British, French, American, and Anzac soldiers, as well as from Austrian and German soldiers fighting for the Central powers.1 ...

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Chapter 2. The Diary of Ihsan Turjman

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pp. 89-160

Two years ago I began to keep a daily diary. But I soon neglected the routine and wrote only occasionally and then quit writing altogether. This evening I went to visit Khalil Effendi Sakakini, in the company of Hasan Khalidi and Omar Salih Barghouti.2 Khalil Effendi read to us from his diary. ...


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pp. 161-186


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pp. 187-201

Production Notes

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pp. 213-213

E-ISBN-13: 9780520948785
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520259553

Page Count: 214
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 739051457
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