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By Salim Tamari, Ihsan Salih Turjman

Yr of the Locust captures in page-turning element the tip of the Ottoman international and a pivotal second in Palestinian heritage. within the diaries of Ihsan Hasan al-Turjman (1893-1917), the 1st traditional recruit to explain global warfare I from the Arab facet, we persist with the misadventures of an Ottoman soldier stationed in Jerusalem. There he occupied himself through dreaming approximately his destiny and utilizing kinfolk connections to prevent being despatched to the Suez. His diaries draw a distinct photograph of way of life within the besieged urban, bringing into sharp concentration its communitarian alleys and obliterated neighborhoods, the continued political debates, and, so much vividly, the voices from its streets--soldiers, peddlers, prostitutes, and vagabonds. Salim Tamari's quintessential creation locations the diary in its neighborhood, local, and imperial contexts whereas deftly revising traditional knowledge at the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.

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But he also was a heavy consumer of romantic novels—the equivalent of today’s pulp fiction. He also read “marriage manuals,” such as Selecting Your Wife (Intikhab al zawja), Night of the Wedding (Lailat al urs), and Our Sexual Life (Hayatuna al tanasuliyya)—mostly by European authors. These were most likely local translations of English and French pamphlets, and Ihsan read them surreptitiously at work for fear of being caught by his father. He notes that his military officers—Turkish, Albanian, and Arab (such as Faris Effendi and Ismail Mani)—rebuked him whenever they caught him reading, mostly out of antiintellectual motivations rather than concern about his lack of work discipline.

I thought the priests of the Holy Sepulcher were wearing false beards. 86 In general Rıfkı justified Cemal Pasha’s campaign of repression against the Arab nationalists as a way to preserve stability and effective Ottoman administration. Furthermore he apparently believed that the use of violence was effective: “For Palestine we used deportation; for Syria, terrorization; for the Hijaz, the army. The circumspect Jews, waiting on the coast at Jaffa for the Balfour Declaration, lost no lives for its sake; not so much as an orange.

Nassar/Miflih believes and fights for Arab-Turkish amity and reconciliation, seeing this step as essential for the stability of the Ottoman regime. Like many young Arab officers in their circle, Nassar/Miflih and his peers struggle to keep the country out of the war, which they believe would be a disaster for Syria and Palestine. In their view, their enemies are the Germans (who want to divert the Allies to Egypt (Suez) away from the western front); the CUP, which has taken an anti-Arab path under Enver and Cemal’s leadership; and Zionism, which under the cover of war, is displacing the country’s native population with Eastern European immigrants.

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