Teach Readers Life Lessons Assignment

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Surname1NameProfessorCourseDateAn Arab Soldier in the Ottoman ArmyI chose the document that discusses an Arab soldier and his life experiences on hisjourney as a part of the Ottoman army. Hasan al-Turjman was born in the year 1893 and died inthe year 1917. He was recruited as a soldier in the Ottoman army. As a soldier, he had manyexperiences, dreams, aspirations, opinions about the occurrences in that era, and contentionstowards the government in operation at the time. He compiled all his thoughts, dreams, ideas,experiences, aspirations and allegations in his diary, which was edited by Salim Tamari andprinted out and distributed inThe Year of the Locust. This paper is an illustration of the kind oflife that Hasan led as a soldier and the relevance of those life experiences in the Middle Easttoday.Document DetailsThe purpose of this document is to teach readers life lessons. Its main lesson is based onhow much life can tend to differ contrary to our expectation, and how one can cope with thesituation. The document tries to show that even though there can be unhappy moments in life, itis not always the same and one should seek for the small things that make them happy, howeversmall or unidentifiable by others .The purpose of the document is to depict the kind of life thatone lived as a soldier in the Ottoman army in the 1900s. In the events recorded in the document,
Surname2Hasan is portrayed as dreamer full of hope. One, he hopes that he will not die of the spreadingdisease named Typhus, which was spreading all over Jerusalem. The document was written bySalim Tamari in September 2011, a Sociology Professor at Birzeit University, Palestine, and theDirector of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies. It was published by University of California Press.It was written to depict the life of a soldier in the 1900s. The edited diary is a treasure to thePalestinian history and culture as it records the passing of the Ottoman State and contains in-depth observational facts relating to the triumph of Cemal Pasha as a leader, the severity of theinvasion of locusts and the famine that comes after.LoveFirstly, Hasan talks about his beloved who goes by the name Sharikat Hayati. They spoteach other from afar on one Wednesday afternoon, but she ignores him. Hasan expresses his lovefor and how different she is from other women that he has met (Hasan and Al-Turjman 33). Hetalks about his fear of losing her to someone else and how much he wants to spend the rest of hislife with her, which shows how deeply he is in love with her (Tamārī 23).PatriotismIn the document, the author shows Hasan’s view of his country and originality. Hasantalks of Ottoman as his name and the world as his country, on 10th September 1915. Thesewords provide us with a clear vision of a soldier’s perception from a fortified city. Turjman'sdiary relates with genuineness and contemptuous views on his experience as a representative inthe Ottoman government. As Salim Tamari writes in the introduction to the journal, Turjman'sdiary contains a lot of discernment on day to day life in Jerusalem in 1915 and 1916. Thereactions of the poor modern artisans to hardship, and the calamities that came with the locust’s
Surname3attacks and the armed force seizure (Hayes). The statement in Turjman’s diary shows us theimportance of knowing our place in the society and being concerned with the ongoing politicsaround us because when fails to involve himself in politics and take a stand, politics will controlthem. Hasan’s contention towards the Ottoman Government convinces us that we should bepatriotic to our country. These actions provided others with the promise of freedom.Locust AttacksTurjman also talks about the invasion of locusts on the Ottoman land which a causedfamine. As evidenced in the texts, Turjman’s family lacks bread for almost a whole week, andyet Ottoman is the supplier of wheat to other countries. He records the experience on a Monday,17th of December 1915. He also pointed out that his family was living on handouts the wholetime and in spite of help from friends they would have died of hunger. Hasan records it to showhow bad the economy was at the time. It shows how the economy of Ottoman deteriorated due tobad governance. Also, the issue is convincing about the fact that people cannot survive withoutfriends that care about them dearly enough, that they would run to their rescue when a needarises. During those times, the locust attack and the famine played the role of a lesson learned.During that time at least people learned how to support each other through thick and thin. Duringthe famine, Turjman’s family got to pick their real friends.Cemal PashaTurjman is likewise tremendously disappointed with Cemal Pasha, whom he much of thetime censures in his journal. It is apparent, as point by point in Eugene Rogan's history of theFirst World War from the Ottoman viewpoint, The Fall of the Ottomans. Rogan paints Cemal asa malicious tyrant authoritarian, coercing a "solidified rule of horror that would additionally
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