oa Journal for Semitics - Landscape resources and human occupation in Jordan in the nineteenth century

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



The author envisages that a much better understanding of the interaction between landscape resources and human occupation can be attained by studying the remarks in this regard by the early nineteenth century travellers to Palestine, especially to the Trans-Jordan region. Though this concern is only addressed indirectly in the travelogues, occasional references show a remarkable awareness of the natural, economic and social aspects of the context in which the occupants of the territory found themselves. On the one hand they descriptionbe the living conditions of the people and on the other they allude to the reasons for their sometimes destitute situation within their given circumstances. It is expected that such ""flesh and blood"" descriptionptions will be of considerable value to historians, anthropologists, social planners, etc., who are dea1ing on different levels with the issue of the relationship between landscape resources and human occupation.

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