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Najib Sara, aged 90 from Bethlehem discussing the Ottoman period and World War I

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posted on 21.08.2019 by Freja Howat-Maxted, Leila Sansour, Bea Brown, Jacob Norris
POOR AUDIO QUALITY. Najib Sara (90 years old from Bethlehem) interviewed by Abeer Sabat on 1 April 1994.

He discusses the following: during World War I the Ottoman army treated both Christians and Muslims very badly but especially Christians who were forced to convert to Islam and were raped if they refused; Christians weren’t allowed to wear crosses; relations between local Christians and Muslims were good, for example the Fawaghreh (Muslim clan) in Bethlehem; Christians and Muslims used to pray together in the Milk Grotto chapel in Bethlehem; discusses military conscription; the situation worsened with the locust plague and drought; Ottoman army took olive wood for train fuel; when the British arrived they provided people with food.

Original audio recording: cassette tape.
Transcript: summary.
In the original collection at Bethlehem University this cassette tape was categorised as File 11 of Box 12.

This fileset exists as part of the Ottoman Empire and World War I collection within the Bethlehem University Oral History project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.

History

Creator

Abeer Sabat

Contributors

Adnan Musallam, Niveen Hazboun, Laila Ayyad, Yacoub Alatrash

Date

01/04/1994

Type

Digital reproduction of cassette tape and handwritten transcript

Source

Bethlehem University

Language

Arabic

Spatial

31.7034099,35.2070454

Spatial Relation

Milk Grotto Chapel in Bethlehem

Identifier

pb_bu_wwi_019940401-0059aa.mp3, pb_bu_wwi_019940401-0059ab.pdf

Rights

Bethlehem University

Licence

Exports