Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS - Year of the Locust: A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS - Year of the Locust: A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past

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Year of the Locust: A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past, by Salim Tamari. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2011. 214 pages. $29.95.

Reviewed by Farid M. Al-Salim

Year of the Locust: A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past is the newest addition of Salim Tamari's book series on late Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine and puts it in today's geopolitical context. Of the many books on Palestine during the First World War, most deal with the British military campaign. This book offers a unique portrait of the local affairs of the besieged city of Jerusalem through the private writings of an Ottoman soldier stationed there.

Salim Tamari, the editor of Jerusalem Quarterly, is Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University in Palestine. He is considered to be one of several notable scholars currently working in this field, including Johann Bussow, Michelle Campos, Roberto Mazza, and Issam Nassar. Evocatively, the title of the book under review refers to a plague of locusts that struck Palestine in 1915 - an environmental disaster that destroyed all the country's greenery and added more sorrow to the lives of Palestinians.

Year of the Locust, a precise and welldone history, records in detail the end of the Ottoman rule and a crucial moment in Palestinian history. Tamari introduce the diaries of Ihsan Hasan al-Turjman (1893-1917), the first ordinary Palestinian in the Ottoman Army, to describe World War I and its massive effects on Palestinian society. …

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