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


The historiography on the Young Turk Revolution of 1908 in general has mainly concentrated on the impact of the Revolution on the Ottoman Turkish society. Rarely do we see works that deal with the impact of the Revolution on the non-dominant groups in the Empire from a comparative perspective. How did the different ethnic groups view the Revolution? How did the Revolution influence the dynamics of power inside these groups? What were the relations between the Revolution and the religious groups within the Empire? How did the local /central government view the transformations taking place among the non-Muslim communities in the provinces? These and other questions still preoccupy historians of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. This article discusses the impact of the Young Turk Revolution on the different ethno-religious groups residing in one of the most contentious cities of the Ottoman Empire: the Old City of Jerusalem.