RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 153
Extent3 boxes
TitlePapers of Ya'akov (Hardwin) Firestone relating to the village of Arrabeh, Palestine
DescriptionThis is a collection of detailed documentation on the village of Arrabeh near Jenin situated in the hill country of Samaria, Palestine, covering the period 1850-1950. It includes financial, agricultural and genealogical records, as well as maps, photographs and card indexes. The collection contains: Arabic manuscripts, Arabic and Osmanli manuscripts with Romanized transcription; notes and commentaries on many of the manuscripts; records of interviews; genealogical and occupational tables based largely on records of interviews; reproductions and transcriptions of maps, tables and other land records; reproductions and transcriptions of vital statistics records; references, citations, notes and comments on British and Jewish archival material relating mainly to the Mandate period; references, citations, notes and comments on other literature; miscellaneous notes; photographs of Arrabeh, c 1971.

A mixture of Arabic and English, and some idiosyncratic abbreviations, are used throughout these research notes, so some knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
Admin HistoryThe village of Arrabeh (also known as Arraba Arrabah or Arrabet Jenin) is situated near Jenin, Palestine in the northern area of the West Bank, known as the Occupied Territory. This village was at one time the focus of a historical power centre, and was cradle of the Abd al-Hadi clan until 1859 when a combination of Ottoman troops and local leaders stormed the village and members of the clan either fled or were captured..

This archive of data about the village was compiled in the period 1968-1972 by Ya'akov (aka Hardwin) Firestone, who originated from the village before moving to the USA. The field work conducted between 1968-1971 was focused on the social and economic history of the rural district of Arrabeh. The research was funded by National Defense Foreign Language Fellowships and a grant from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Firestone began work on a PhD dissertation (history and Middle Eastern studies, Harvard University), entitled 'The role of institutions in the adaption of a Rural Community to the economic transition: land holding, population movement and agricultural development in the Arab hill country of Western Palestine, 1880-1945'. Although the planned PhD was never completed, Firestone is known to have been based at Harvard University in 1975 and at the University of Maryland in the 1980s.

His publications include:

'The doctrine of integration with France among the Europeans of Algeria, 1955-1960', 'Comparative Political Studies', July 1971.

'Production and trade in an Islamic context: Sharika contracts in the transitional economy of Northern Samaria, 1853-1943', 'International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies', 6 (1975).

'Land equalisation and factor scarcities: holding size and the burden of impositions in Imperial Central Russia and the Late Ottoman Levant', 'Journal of Economic History', vol. XLI, no. 4, Dec 1981.
LanguageArabic, English, Hebrew, Osmanli, French, German,
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialNo related papers are known.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Creator_NameFirestone; Ya'akov (fl 1968-1994); scholar on Palestine; also known as Hardwin
Mgt_GroupMiddle Eastern papers
Social science and law papers
DS/UK/224Firestone; Ya'akov (fl 1968-1994); scholar on Palestinefl 1968-1994
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