A RIFT IN TIME
TRAVELS WITH MY OTTOMAN UNCLE
BY RAJA SHEHADEH
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When researching his family history, Raja Shehadeh discovered a great-uncle who had also been a writer entangled with the authorities, and who, like Raja, had dedicated his life to the freedom of the Palestinian people. Najib was a journalist and romantic living in Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire. When he voiced his opposition to Ottoman participation in the First World War, a death sentence was put on his head. So he fled, living on the run and...