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Beyond the River: Ottoman Transjordan in Original Photographs

By Raouf Sa'd Abujaber & Felicity Cobbing

During the 19th and early 20th century, 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, 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.

 The gateway to the palace at Mushatta, a view by Dumas, taken for the American Palestine Exploration Society in 1875. Sheikh Goblan's standard bearer, holding the mark of his office, stands by the entrance. (PEF/P/1705).


These evocative 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. Most of these pictures are published here for the first time.

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.

Pricing and Publication Details

Price for non-members: £25.00
Price for PEF Members: £22.50 (all profits donated to the PEF)

Details: 176 pages, hardback
Publisher: Stacey International (for the Palestine Exploration Fund), 2005
ISBN-10: 1900988828
ISBN-13: 978-1900988827
Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 24 x 2.4 cm

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