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To Be Governor of Jerusalem


The City and District During the Time of Ali Ekrem Bey, 1906-1908


This volume is a collection of the private papers of Ali Ekrem Bey, the governor of Ottoman Jerusalem at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-122-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Aug 11,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 245
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-122-0
$144.00
$86.40

Son of nineteenth-century Ottoman intellectual Namik Kemal, Ali Ekrem Bey was governor of the special administrative district (mutassariflik) of Jerusalem between 1906 and 1908. The private papers of Ali Ekrem Bey, consisting of reports and letters to his superiors and subordinates, have fortunately been preserved and David Kushner has made use of them along with the mutassariflik’s archives to write To Be Governor of Jerusalem. Kushner’s work describes a crucial period in the history of Palestine, the final years of Sultan Abdülhamid’s reign before the Young Turk revolution. From the sources, Kushner paints a picture of the manner in which the Ottoman authorities dealt with the district's problems, such as the arrival of Zionist immigrants to Palestine. Although relying on Ali Ekrem Bey’s experiences in Jerusalem, the problems which he encountered during his tenure as governor were not dissimilar to those which would also have been faced by his predecessors and successors and To Be Governor of Jerusalem should appeal to those interested in late Ottoman Palestine.

Son of nineteenth-century Ottoman intellectual Namik Kemal, Ali Ekrem Bey was governor of the special administrative district (mutassariflik) of Jerusalem between 1906 and 1908. The private papers of Ali Ekrem Bey, consisting of reports and letters to his superiors and subordinates, have fortunately been preserved and David Kushner has made use of them along with the mutassariflik’s archives to write To Be Governor of Jerusalem. Kushner’s work describes a crucial period in the history of Palestine, the final years of Sultan Abdülhamid’s reign before the Young Turk revolution. From the sources, Kushner paints a picture of the manner in which the Ottoman authorities dealt with the district's problems, such as the arrival of Zionist immigrants to Palestine. Although relying on Ali Ekrem Bey’s experiences in Jerusalem, the problems which he encountered during his tenure as governor were not dissimilar to those which would also have been faced by his predecessors and successors and To Be Governor of Jerusalem should appeal to those interested in late Ottoman Palestine.

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David Kushner

  • CONTENTS (page 7)
  • Preface (page 9)
  • 1 INTRODUCTION:THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE AND THE DISTRICT OF JERUSALEM IN EKREM BEY'S TIME (page 13)
  • 2 THE LIFE OF ALI EKREM BEY (page 25)
  • 3 FOREIGNERS,THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES AND THE HOLY PLACES (page 33)
  • 4 ZIONISM AND JEWISH IMMIGRATION(Alliya ) (page 55)
  • 5 JEWISH SETTLEMENT (page 73)
  • 6 THE SEPHARDI JEWISH COMMUNITY (page 83)
  • 7 BEDOUINS AND VILLAGERS (page 93)
  • 8 ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES (page 105)
  • 9 THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPARATUS (page 119)
  • 10 THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER AND THE ARAB COMMUNITY (page 135)
  • 11 A GOVERNOR'S TRIBULATIONS (page 145)
  • 12 CONCLUSION (page 163)
  • DOCUMENT1: THE PROBLEM OF THE HOLY PLACES AND THE PROTECTION OF THE POWERS (page 171)
  • DOCUMENT 2: THE JEWS AND THEIR IMMIGRATION TO PALESTINE (page 179)
  • DOCUMENT 3: THE SETTLEMENT OF THE BEDOUINS IN THE BEERSHEBA REGION (page 193)
  • DOCUMENT 4: THE SCARCITY OF WATER IN THE DISTRICT OF JERUSALEM (page 198)
  • DOCUMENTS 5: A REQUEST FOR THE TRUST OF THE GRAND VEZIR IN THE RIZA BEY AFFAIR (page 200)
  • DOCUMENT 6: A LETTER OF SLANDER AGAINST THE GOVERNOR (page 208)
  • DOCUMENT 7: AN APPEAL TO THE SULTAN FOR PROTECTION AGAINST SLANDERS (page 213)
  • DOCUMENT 8: REACTIONS IN THE CAPITAL TO EKREM BEY'S MOVES (page 214)
  • DOCUMENT 9: AN APPEAL TO IZZET PASA FOR ROYAL PROTECTION AGAINST INFORMERS' REPORTS(JURNALS ) (page 217)
  • DOCUMENT 10: EKREM BEY'S APPEAL FOR THE HELP OF HIS FRIENDS (page 219)
  • DOCUMENT 11: CELEBRATING THE YOUNG TURK REVOLUTION (page 223)
  • DOCUMENT 12: A SPEECH PRAISING THE REVOLUTION AND BRITAIN (page 226)
  • DOCUMENT 13: EKREM BEY'S "TESTAMENT": JERUSALEM'S IMPORTANCE AND THE DANGER IN THE IDEA OF ARAB INDEPENDENCE (page 229)
  • DOCUMENT 14: EKREM BEY'S "TESTAMENT": APPOINTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS (page 231)
  • DOCUMENT 15: A REQUEST FOR TRANSFER FROM JERUSALEM (page 231)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY Unpublished Archival Sources (page 235)
  • INDEX (page 239)
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