The Jews of Palestine

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After the defeat of the Mamluks at Marj Dabiq in August 1516, the Ottomans occupied a Palestine that was subdivided into districts (sandjaks), which were part of the Bilad al-Sham (historical Syria). This was essentially an agricultural region, with a small number of urban centers. This territory, once a passage between Egypt and Syria, became a remote and impoverished province; its only interest to the central power consisted in its relative religious importance, given the presence of sacred places—Jerusalem in particular—as well as the proximity of the route to the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, via Transjordan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA history of Jewish-Muslim relations
Subtitle of host publicationfrom the origins to the present day
EditorsAbdelwahab Meddeb, Benjamin Stora
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781400849246
ISBN (Print)9780691151274
StatePublished - 3 Nov 2013

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Also appeared in French.


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