Hussein bin Ali
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Hussein bin Ali

(1853, Constantinople – June 4, 1931, Amman), king of the Hejaz. As the “Guardian of the Holy Places of Islam” and as the presumed contender for the title of Caliph, Hussein was held captive in Constantinople from 1891 to 1908 as a state prisoner of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. After the latter’s downfall, the Young Turks appointed Hussein Emir of Mecca in 1908. However, the Arab efforts to gain independence – which were also fuelled by fears that the Hejaz Railway might threaten Hussein’…

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Neulen, Hans Werner, “Hussein bin Ali”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0297>
First published online: 2015



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