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Cannan Amulets Collection

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From the amulets collection of Tawfiq Canaan, Birzeit Museum

The Tawfiq Canaan PDF Library is developed in collaboration between Al-Ma’mal Foundation and the Birzeit University Museum. It compiles and for the first time makes publicly accessible the bibliography of Tawfiq Canaan, a physician, folklorist and noted figure of late-Ottoman Jerusalemite modernity. Within his work of providing medical services to the countryside around Jerusalem, Canaan commenced his collection of amulets which had grown to over 10,000 by 1948 when the work suddenly ceased. Now in the care of the Birzeit University Museum, the collection was nonetheless unable to be included in the Jerusalem Show VIII due to security issues. In response to this body of cultural heritage in exile, this PDF library was initiated in order to compile and host online the extensive publishing of Canaan on folklore as well as his lesser known political pamphlets seeking the protection of Arab communities under the British Mandate.

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