Gaza Historical Database

A web resource developed by the research project 'Gaza during the Late Ottoman Period', based at Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Haifa


Exhibition "Gaza 1900"

Exhibition in Bochum: „Gaza 1900 – Eine Stadt des östlichen Mittelmeers im Umbruch / A City of the Eastern Mediterranean in Transition“. Haus der Archäologien, Am Bergbaumuseum 31, 44791 Bochum. 5 July – 31 October 2019. Open daily, Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm


New publication: “Urban Factionalism in Late Ottoman Gaza, c. 1875-1914"

Yuval Ben-Bassat and Johann Büssow, “Urban Factionalism in Late Ottoman Gaza, c. 1875-1914: Local Politics and Spatial Divisions”, JESHO (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient) 61,4 (2018), pp. 606-649.


Second Project Workshop in Haifa: "Urban Polities and Urban Governance in Nineteenth Century Bilad al-Sham"

20-23 March 2018

Venue: University of Haifa


New publication: "Marginal Diplomacy: Alexander Knesevich and the Consular Agency in Gaza, 1905-1914"

Halevy, Dotan. 2017. "Marginal Diplomacy: Alexander Knesevich and the Consular Agency in Gaza, 1905–1914." Jerusalem Quarterly 70: 81–93.


Best paper award

10 December 2017: Ahmad Fahoum wins prize in 'Jara'id' competition.


Best thesis award

October 2017: Best thesis prize awarded to Dotan Halevy.


Tuebingen, 15 and 16 May 2017: Two Talks by Prof. M. Erdem Kabadayı (Koç University, Istanbul)

"eScience and the Challenge of Arabic Script: Building up Interdisciplinary Research Teams to Develop Intelligent Character Recognition Methodologies for late Ottoman Censuses"

15 May 2017, 10 - 12 am. Venue: University of Tuebingen, University Library, Schulungsraum (Bonatzbau, B 004), Wilhelmstraße 32.

"Reading and Mapping Late Ottoman Censuses for Istanbul and for Other Cities"

16 May 2017, 4 - 6 pm. Venue: Abteilung für Orient- und Islamwissenschaft, Wilhelmstraße 113.


First Project Workshop in Tuebingen: "Urban Politics in Late Ottoman Greater Syria and Beyond: Commonalities and Particularities"

12-13 May 2017

Venue: University of Tuebingen



Welcome to our project website!

What to find on this website

Please note

This site is work in progress. We regularly update the Interactive Map and Image Gallery by adding new material and features. We would be happy to hear your opinion about these webpages. If you would like to make comments or share images and documents, please write to Sarah Büssow.

The database is not public, but only open for researchers of the Gaza-Project.