An-Najah Holds the "Palestine in the Ottoman Era" International Scientific Conference
An-Najah National University represented by the Faculty of Sharia and the Department of History and Archeology at the Faculty of Humanities, held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 the International Scientific Conference titled “Palestine in the Ottoman Era,” with the participation of a number of political and religious figures, scholars and researchers from various research, civil society and educational institutions, and ministries from various countries such as Palestine, Iraq, Morocco and Turkey.
The conference was attended by of Prof. Abdel Nasser Zeid, President of the University, Prof. Jamal Al-Kilani, Dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Chairman of the conference’s scientific committee, Turkish Consul General in Jerusalem Ahmet Riza Demirer, Dr. Faed Mustafa, Palestine's Ambassador to Turkey, Mr. Hassan Turan, Chairman of the Palestinian-Turkish Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Prof. Mahmoud Matar, Head of the conference’s preparatory committee, Sheikh Ahmed Khaled Shobash, Mufti of Nablus Governorate, and Sheikh Atef Saleh, Assistant Undersecretary of the Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs as well as a large number of interested students.
The conference included four scientific sessions, the first focusing on “Jerusalem in the Ottoman Era” was moderated by Dr. Alaa Maqbool. The second session, titled “Sultan Abdul Hamid and the Renaissance in Palestine” was moderated by Dr. Mohammed alkhatib. The third session was moderated by Dr. Mahmoud Matar and was titled “Palestine after the Caliphate” while the fourth session titled “The Role of the Ottoman Empire in the Legal and Financial Renaissance” was moderated by Prof. Abdel Nasser Nour.
The conference aimed at covering the various cultural aspects of the Ottoman rule in Palestine (political, economic, social and religious), to promote Ottoman antiquities tourism in Palestine, and studying the Palestinian-Turkish relations and their role in supporting the Palestinian cause.
In his speech, Dr. Matar welcomed the attendees and expressed his happiness with the strong local and international participation in the conference. He referred to the importance of this conference, which aims to cover the cultural, social, and historical aspects of civilization in the Ottoman Empire, which led to a fundamental change in the course of history, from a scientific standpoint that relies on evidence and transparency.
He also pointed out that all abstracts and research papers presented in this conference will be documented in a book that will be distributed to all participants.
The event covered several topics such as the Ottoman conquest of Jerusalem, Suleiman the Magnificent's most outstanding architectural achievements, Napoleon Bonaparte's campaign in the Ottoman territories of Egypt and Palestine, the Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the donmes, and the First World War.
The conference resulted in many recommendations, including the necessity of activating bilateral agreements between Palestine and Turkey in a way that enhances the Islamic presence in Jerusalem and Palestine, the restoration of the Ottoman era monuments in Palestine, and the importance of supporting development projects and strategic plans in the Palestinian cities.