From Khartoum to Jerusalem : The Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients (1885-1933), Hardback Book

From Khartoum to Jerusalem : The Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients (1885-1933) Hardback


In 2014, a collection of papers was found on eBay: a scrapbook, inside which was written `Testimonial Book of Dragoman Solomon N.

Negima'. The letters pasted into the testimonial book bear recommendations of Negima's services as dragoman - a combination of tourist guide and interpreter - in the Holy Land, from travellers of different nationalities, social classes, religions, genders and races. Using these reference letters, and the first-hand published and unpublished accounts of the travellers themselves, this book tells the stories of several such tourists, including the intrepid Victorian female traveller, Ellen E.

Miller, and an African-American minister, Rev. Charles T. Walker, who had been born into slavery. Between the lines of others' letters, Solomon Negima's remarkable life story also emerges: from a German mission school in Jerusalem, to the British army in the Sudan, to a successful career as a dragoman in Palestine and Syria, and finally to comfortable retirement with his son, Aziz, and daughter, Olinda, at a Mormon mission in Jerusalem. The discovery of this unique scrapbook allows us an insight into the lives of individuals whose histories would otherwise be lost to us, and a new perspective on the history of travel in the Middle East.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 280 pages, 25 bw illus
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Middle Eastern history
  • ISBN: 9781474255004



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