The Hijaz-Palestine Railway and the Development of Haifa

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Ammar Zahidah



Original Date

August 17, 2019


Ammar talks about the history of the Palestine Railway & Hijaz Railway and the rationale behind building these mega infrastructure projects in the era of the British Empire and the Ottoman Empire rule. Ammar then elaborates on three distinct aspects of both railway projects; How the Hijaz Railway project was financed; Bedouin resistance and opposition; and How Haifa's development accelerated due to the Derr'a - Haifa railroad link.

Sources & Future References

  • Mansour, J. (2006). The Hijaz-Palestine railway and the development of Haifa. Jerusalem quarterly, (28).

  • Özyüksel, M. (2014). The Hejaz railway and the Ottoman Empire: Modernity, industrialisation and Ottoman decline. Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • The Ottoman publicist Muhammad Arif al-Munir wrote: The book of the increasing and eternal happiness, the Hejaz Railway

  • Ochsenwald, W. (1973). The Financing of the Hijaz Railroad. Die Welt Des Islams, 14(1/4), new series, 129-149. doi:10.2307/1570027l (Translated by Lenn Goodman) Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale

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