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Ruhi al-Khalidi

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Ruhi al-Khalidi (1861-1913), elected from Jerusalem to the Ottoman Parliament in 1908 and 1912, and vice-president of the Parliament in 1911. Earlier in his career he had lectured at the Sorbonne and served as Ottoman consul general in Bordeaux. A pioneer of modem Palestinian historiography, he wrote, among other works, The Eastern Question, A Comparative Study of Arabic and French Literatures, and one of the earliest treatises in Arabic on Zionism.