Palestinianism and Zionism in the Ottoman Empire | Louis Fishman

While it is common knowledge that Zionist settlement in Palestine began during the Ottoman era, conventional historiography has under-emphasized the extent to which the issue of Palestine was a question that initially emerged in an Ottoman political and social context. In this podcast, Dr. Louis Fishman restores this Ottoman context and explores debates between Jewish and Palestinian Ottoman subjects during the Second Constitutional Era.

Louis Fishman is an Assistant Professor of History at CUNY-Brooklyn College (see faculty page)
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see
Emrah Safa Gürkan is a recent Ph.D. from the department of history at Georgetown University currently teaching at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul (see

Episode No. 84
Release Date: 16 December 2012
Location: Kurtuluş, Istanbul
Editing and Production: Chris Gratien
Bibliography courtesy of Louis Fishman
Citation: "Palestinianism and Zionism in the Ottoman Empire," Louis Fishman, Chris Gratien, and Emrah Safa Gürkan, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 84 (December 16, 2012)

Select Bibliography

Louis Fishman. "The Haram al-Sharif Incident: Palestinian Notables versus the Ottoman Administration," Journal of Palestine Studies, 135, Vol. XXXXIV, Number 3, Spring 2005.

Louis Fishman. "The Emergence of a “Jewish” Question in Istanbul 1908-1914: Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and the 1911 Ottoman Parliament Debate on Zionism," in Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Eyal Ginio (eds.), Late Ottoman Palestine: The Period of Young Turk Rule (London: I.B. Tauris, 2011).

Recommend readings from other authors:

Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Eyal Ginio (eds.), Late Ottoman Palestine: The Period of Young Turk Rule (London: I.B. Tauris, 2011).

Campos, Michelle. Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine (Stanford: Stanford University Press. 2011)

Jacobson, Avigail. From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem Between Ottoman and British Rule (Space, Place, and Society) (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 2011)

Khalidi, Rashid. Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997)

Tamari, Salim. Mountains Against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture (Berkeley, University of California Press. 2009)

Music: Reem Kelani

Last Ottoman Nebi Musa Celebration, 1917
Anti-Zionist Demonstrations, 1920
British personnel conducting searches following Nebi Musa riots, 1920