Dragomans, tattooists, artisans: Palestinian Christians and their encounters with Catholic Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Norris, Jacob (2019) Dragomans, tattooists, artisans: Palestinian Christians and their encounters with Catholic Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Journal of Global History, 14 (1). pp. 68-86. ISSN 1740-0228

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Abstract

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the presence of European Catholic actors in the Ottoman empire dramatically increased, particularly in the Palestinian provinces. The city of Jerusalem and its surrounding hinterland, referred to here by its Arabic name, Jabal al-Quds, witnessed a particularly intensive Catholic presence owing to its sanctified religious status. This article examines the ways in which the local Arabic-speaking Christian population of Jabal al-Quds interacted with these European Catholic actors. It situates these encounters within the wider scholarship on missionary encounters and cross-cultural interactions in the Mediterranean world, arguing that global historians need to pay greater attention to the inequalities embedded in many of these relationships and the frequent episodes of violent conflict they gave rise to. By inverting the standard Western gaze on Jerusalem and looking at these encounters from the inside out, the article seeks to restore local actors as important players within the global Counter-Reformation, albeit within a context of subjugation, conflict, and stymied mobility.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: encounters, Ottoman Empire, Catholicism, Palestine, early modern
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History, 1453-
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History, 1453- > D242 1601-1715. 17th century
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History, 1453- > D284 1715-1789, 18th century
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS041 Middle East. Southwestern Asia. Ancient Orient. Arab East. Near East
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS101 Israel (Palestine)
Depositing User: Jacob Norris
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 17:29
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 17:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80289

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