Beyond the River: Ottoman Transjordan in Original Photographs

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During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the rugged, mountainous land through which the River Jordan flows was a region of untouched beauty and deeply held tribal traditions. 'Beyond the River' gathers over 200 black and white photographs of Transjordan from the collections of the Palestine Exploration Fund in London, taken during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, through the First World War, and the establishment of the Hashemite Emirate of Jordan in 1921 from which the modern Kingdom evolved. These beautiful images of the peoples, monuments, and landscapes of Transjordan capture the powerful spirit of the place, and provide an unsurpassed documentation of the region's archaeological heritage, and a unique visual record of a crucial moment in Levantine history. The pictures are set in context with an introductory text and detailed captions, researched and written by the distinguished Jordanian historian, Dr. Raouf Sa'd Abujaber, and archaeologist and Curator of the PEF's collections, Felicity Cobbing.

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'...it is immediately apparent that Beyond the River is a specialist work, in particular a visual treasure-trove for anyone of archaeological inclinations and, one might add, including the industrial archaeology of bygone photographic technology....this elegant production is uncompromisingly a reference book for scholars or expert amateurs. Such types will undoubtedly thrill to the visual revelations contained within its covers.' --Ramsay Wood in 'PEQ: Palestine Exploration Quarterly' July 2008.

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At the close of the 19th century and the dawn of the 20th, the rugged, mountainous land through which the River Jordan flows, was a region of untouched beauty and deeply held tribal traditions. The people of this biblical country had for centuries preserved a way of life that was soon to crumble in the face of the dramatic and often violent changes that unfolded as the new century wore on. This title gathers together some 160 black and white photographs of the Transjordan region, taken during the dying days of the Ottoman empire, the tumultuous era of British mandate rule and Anglo-Transjordanian treaties, and the period leading up to the establishment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1946. These images of the people and landscape of Transjordan capture the powerful spirit of the place, and provide a visual record of a crucial moment in Levantine history. The photographs have all been selected from the archives of the Palestine Exploration Fund by its curator, Felicity Cobbing. The pictures are set in context with an introductory text and detailed captions, researched and written by Dr Raouf Sa'ad Abujaber.

The book spans several genres, including history, archaeology and early photography, and should appeal to individual enthusiasts, libraries, and academic departments.

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