'The House of the Priest’ presents and discusses the
hitherto unpublished and untranslated memoirs of Niqula Khoury, a senior
member of the Orthodox Church and Arab nationalist in late Ottoman and
British Mandate Palestine. It discusses the complicated relationships
between language, religion, diplomacy and identity in the Middle East in
the interwar period. This original annotated translation and
accompanying articles provide a thorough explication of Khoury’s memoirs
and their significance for the social, political and religious
histories of twentieth-century Palestine and Arab relations with the
Greek Orthodox church. Khoury played a major role in these dynamics as a
leading member of the fight for Arab presence in the Greek-dominated
clergy, and for an independent Palestine, travelling in 1937 to Eastern
Europe and the League of Nations on behalf of the national movement.
Contributors: Sarah Irving, Charbel Nassif, Konstantinos Papastathis, Karène Sanchez Summerer, Cyrus Schayegh
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