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Title: The Holy Land in British eyes: sacred geography and the ‘rediscovery’ of Palestine, 1839-1917
Authors: Hary, Maggy
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Maggy Hary, “The Holy Land in British eyes: sacred geography and the ‘rediscovery’ of Palestine, 1839-1917” in Guido Abbattista (edited by), Encountering Otherness. Diversities and Transcultural Experiences in Early Modern European Culture, pp. 339-349.
Abstract: 
Due to the relative weakness of the Porte in the nineteenth century, access
to and circulation in the Ottoman Empire were facilitated for European
travelers and diplomats. In 1838, Britain opened a consulate in Jerusalem
and, soon afterwards, British explorers and geographers began to survey the
Holy Land in search for evidence that would allow them to authenticate the
biblical narrative whose veracity was then increasingly questioned. ‘Sacred
geography’, as such enterprise became known, emphasized the features of
modern Palestine that confirmed Scriptures while everything that did not
fit in the biblical framework – notably Islam and the Ottoman presence –
was either ignored or disparaged as the reasons of the Holy Land’s supposed
decline. Such discourse laid the foundations of future imperialist designs on
Palestine, notably Zionism, which was to be officially endorsed by Britain in
the Balfour Declaration of 1917.
Type: Book Chapter
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/4666
ISBN: 978-88-8303-306-3
Appears in Collections:Encountering Otherness. Diversities and Transcultural Experiences in Early Modern European Culture

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