Exploring the Holy Land - 150 Years of the Palestine Exploration Fund - David Gurevich

Exploring the Holy Land - 150 Years of the Palestine Exploration Fund - David Gurevich

7. Job (Ayyūb), Ḥusayn and Saladin in Late Ottoman Palestine: The Memoirs of Nuʿmān al-Qasatli, the Arab Scribe of the Survey of Western Palestine

Exploring the Holy Land - 150 Years of the Palestine Exploration Fund - David Gurevich

Daniella Talmon-Heller [+-]
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Daniella Talmon-Heller is Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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In this study, I explore the contribution of the work of the team of the Survey of Western Palestine, and especially that of the native-speaker Nuʿman al-Qasatli, to the study of ethnography and religious life in late Ottoman Palestine. I focus on Qasatli's description of a two-and-a-half days-long celebration around shrines in the vicinity of Ascalon, which he observed in April 1885. It is treated here both as a chapter in the history of the thousand-years old shrine of the head of Husayn b. ʿAli (the martyred grandson of the Prophet Muhammad), and as a case study of a Palestinian local annual festivity (mawsim), and its transformations in the era of nationalism.

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Talmon-Heller, Daniella. 7. Job (Ayyūb), Ḥusayn and Saladin in Late Ottoman Palestine: The Memoirs of Nuʿmān al-Qasatli, the Arab Scribe of the Survey of Western Palestine. Exploring the Holy Land - 150 Years of the Palestine Exploration Fund. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 124-150 Feb 2019. ISBN 9781781797068. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34544. Date accessed: 18 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34544. Feb 2019

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