Turmoil and New Order: Jabal ‘Amil in 1920

  • Tamara Chalabi


Against the backdrop of the Great War, amidst the rising Turco-centric currents that had taken hold of the bureaucratic elite of the Ottoman state, the British forged an alliance with the Sharif of Mecca and an “Arab Revolt” was declared against the Ottoman forces. This was supported by the British and was in itself in support of the Allied offensive on the Ottoman provinces. The momentum of the revolt benefited both from the existence of a proto-nationalist discourse in the area, building upon the literary and cultural revival of the Nahda, and from the repressive actions taken by the Ottoman authorities in the time of war.1


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