Family Papers: Studies in the Contemporary Social History of Palestine


This volume examines the use of family papers, including diaries, memoirs, and photographs -- as well as primary documents kept by private persons--as essential sources for writing the contemporary history of Palestine. It deals with problems and limitations of these archives as well as methodological issues. Those include:Problems with Archives (Doumani), Islamic Court Records (Srour), Buildings (Ju'beh), Church records (Hintilian),Citzenship and Residency (Esmair).

The second and third parts of this volume contain substantive studies based on archival collections such as the Islamic Court records, Official Israeli and Zionist archives, the archives of Christian Churches in Jerusalem, in addition to private family collections. These include: Internment Camps in Siberia (Tamari), Russian Seminaries in Palestine (Abu Hanna),Mandate Police (Yahya), Mandate Memoirs (Katz), West Jerusalem Diaries (Nassar), Emigration to America (Abdul Jawwad), Mandate Elites (Hammoudeh), Palestine after Egyptian Withdrawal 1841 (Salameh), Abboud Photographic Collection (Mruwwat).

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About the Author(s)

Edited by:Zakaria Muhammad,Khalid Farraj,Salim Tamari,Issam Nassar

Khalid Farraj,The General Manager of the Institute for Palestine Studies.

Salim TAMARI is IPS senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies. He is editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Hawliyyat al Quds.

He is professor of sociology at Birzeit University and an adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He has authored several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include: Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI (UC Press, 2010) Ihsan's War: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited with I. Nassar,2007, Beirut IPS); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem's Cultural History (edited, with I. Nassar, IJS, 2005) and Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor, IJS, 2005).

Tamari has served as visiting professor, University of California at Berkeley (2005, 2007, 2008); Eric Lane Fellow, Cambridge University (2008); lecturer in Mediterranean Studies Venice University (2002-present); among other posts.

Issam NASSAR is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Illinois State University. He previously was on faculty at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and was the associate director of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies. He is also associate editor of Jerusalem Quarterly.


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