Yussef Diya’uddin al-Khalidi

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Yussef (Zia) Diya'uddin al-Khalidi (1842-1906) (although some sources give his dates as 1829-1907) ... Born in Jerusalem; educated in the English missionary schools in Jerusalem, and continued his studies in France; speaker of the Ottoman Parliament and Jerusalem's representative to the parliament in 1877, where he was an active member of the opposition, causing him to be ordered to leave Istanbul when the parliament was suspended in 1878; various administrative and consular posts in the Ottoman Empire; taught Arabic at the University of Vienna in the early 1880s; governor of a Kurdish district (in the vilayet of Bitlis) in the late 1880s; wrote the first Kurdish-Arabic dictionary; Ottoman vice consul at the Russian Black Sea port of Poti; addressed a letter to Zadok Kahn (Chief Rabbi of France) in 1899 pointing out that Palestine could only be acquired by war; called on the Jews to leave Palestine alone; appointed mayor of Jerusalem in 1899; died in 1907.

Yasin al-Khalidi was his brother. Ruhi al-Khalidi was his nephew.

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