Aspects of Ottoman History: Papers from CIEPO IX, Jerusalem

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Ottoman Resources in the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem

Lawrence I. Conrad and Barbara Kellner-Heinkele

In the introduction to his monumental catalogue of Arabic manuscripts in the Netherlands, Dr. Jan Just Witkam has recently observed that even in well-known and easily accessible Western collections important Middle East manuscript discoveries may yet be anticipated. Even more significant finds, however, may be expected to emerge from collections in the Middle East itself, especially from those of lesserknown institutions.1

This is particularly true where the private libraries of Palestinian families are concerned,2 and of these the most important is undoubtedly the Khalidi Library, housed in the former turba of Barakat Khān in Ṭarōq Bāb al-Silsila in the Old City of Jerusalem.3 Founded in 1883, the Library was created by donations of books and manuscripts from various family members, many of whom were important figures in the religious and social establishment of Palestine and also in the Ottoman diplomatic corps.4 And as the Khalidis, who trace their ancestry to the conqueror Khālid ibn al-Walōd (see no. 8 below), have been prominent

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The authors would like to express their gratitude to Mr. Haidar Khalidi and his family for allowing us to work in their library and for their gracious hospitality during our stays, and especially to Ms. Haifa Khalidi for her support and assistance.
1
See J. J. Witkam, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in the Library of the University of Leiden and Other Collections in the Netherlands ( Leiden 1982-proceeding), I,5.
2
See the summary in 'Ārif al-'Ārif, Al-Mufaṣṣal fō ta'rōkh al-Quds, 2nd ed. ( Jerusalem 1986), 449-52; and the fuller discussion in Kāmil al-'Asalō, Ma'ōhid al-'ilm fō Bayt al-Maqdis ( Amman 1981), 369-92; also the studies cited in nn. 6 and 12 below.
3
On the Library building, see A. G. Walls, "The Turbat Barakat Khān or Khalidi Library", Levant 6 ( 1974), 25-50; Michael Burgoyne, Mamluk Jerusalem: an Architectural Study ( London 1987), 109-16.
4
See, for example, Nāṣir al-Dōn Asad, Muḥammad Rūḥō al-Khālidō: rā'id al-baḥth al-ta'rōkhō al-ḥadōth fō Filasṭōn ( Cairo 1970); Alexander Schölch, "Ein palästinischer Repräsentant der Tanzimat-Periode:"Yūsuf Ḍiyā'addōn al-Khālidō (1852-1906)," Der Islam 57 ( 1980) 311-22; H. al-Khateeb, "Rūḥō al-Khālidō:"a Pioneer of Comparative Literature in Arabic, Journal of Arabic Literature 18 ( 1987), 81-87; Walōd al-Khālidō,

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