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The Holy Land Lovingly Explored and Documented in the Late Ottoman Period

Hisham Khatib, former Energy Minister for Jordan and Independent Researcher

Joint Lecture with the Council for British Research in the Levant and the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia

4pm, 15th January 2015, BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or



In Association with the British Museum Department of Middle East

Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Maney Publishing

Lecture Poster Jan 15th 2015.pdf


View of Petra by Telesford Schranz in the collectionsn of Hisham Khatib

(View of Petra by Telesford Schranz from the collections of Hisham Khatib)


The Holy Land was largely forgotten by the West after the departure of the Crusaders, and was only rediscovered after Napoleon's invasion of 1799. Since then, compared to its size, the region has become the most explored and documented place on earth. Some of this recording and depiction was sentimental and imaginary, but equally much was scientific and relaible, and continues to be cherished and referenced to this day. Dr. Khatib explores the history of westerners observations of the Holy Land through his own remarkable collection of manuscripts, paintings, photographs and maps, which tell a story of a lasting fascination and a quest for understanding.

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