Children in war time: the first pupils of the Syrian (Schneller) orphanage in Jerusalem 1860–1863

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Greater Syria experienced several civil wars in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries affecting women and children, the most vulnerable segments of the population whose history is rarely told. This article deals with Syrian children orphaned as a result of the 1860 Civil War in Mount Lebanon and Damascus and from other parts of Ottoman Palestine who were brought to the Syrian orphanage in Jerusalem founded by the German Protestant missionary Johann Ludwig Schneller. His annual reports (1861–3) provide much needed data on the emotional and physical condition of orphans from agrarian regions in Greater Syria and contribute to a better understanding of the historiography of childhood in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-973
Number of pages16
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019

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  • German Protestant Missionaries
  • Johann Ludwig Schneller
  • Orphans
  • Ottoman Palestine
  • Syrian orphanage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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