The Info List - Shoubak Revolt

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The Shoubak
revolt was an uprising against Ottoman authority in the Transjordanian town of Shoubak. The uprising started after the Ottoman forces started to put women of the town into forced labor, considered to be a deliberate act of punishment against the inhabitants of Shoubak
who were frequently insubordinate.[1] Shoubak
rose in revolt and managed to rally the neighboring Bedouins with them; the perpetuators were brutally punished by military force through an Ottoman expedition sent from Al-Karak, just north of Shoubak.[2]


1 Background 2 Rebellion 3 Aftermath 4 See also 5 References

Background[edit] Heavy taxation by the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
authorities with no state-provided services in return led to a rebellion by the inhabitants of Shoubak
in 1900. During that rebellion, the inhabitants of Shoubak
climbed the town's Montreal Crusader Castle and killed a number of Ottoman soldiers. After the revolt failed to spread to neighboring towns and was quickly suppressed, the inhabitants of Shoubak
were eager for another revolt.[3] Rebellion[edit]

Inhabitants of Shoubak
surrounding ruins of a church in 1900.

The uprising started after Ottoman forces started to put women of the town into forced labor, tasking them with carrying water from springs deep in the valley to the Montreal Castle up above where the troops where stationed.[1] This may have been a deliberate act of punishment against the inhabitants of Shoubak, who were frequently insubordinate.[2] The people of Shoubak
revolted because they considered the humiliation of their women as an attack on their honour. The townsmen assaulted and expelled Ottoman soldiers from the castle, and took shelter in it.[3] Historian Suleiman Mousa
Suleiman Mousa
argues that Ottoman authorities intentionally humiliated the Arabs they governed in order to provoke them into a rebellion.[3] The Mutasarrıf
of the nearby town of Al-Karak
sent a special expedition consisting of 100 armed horsemen to confront the rebels. The Bedouins of the area joined the rebels and together refused to surrender the castle to the Ottomans. The horsemen raided the town, killed a number of its inhabitants, reoccupied the castle, and confiscated a number of the townsmen's possessions.[3] Aftermath[edit] The events at Shoubak
caused further tensions between the Arabs and the Ottoman authorities, and is believed to have contributed to local support for the Great Arab Revolt
Arab Revolt
against the Ottomans in 1916.[3] See also[edit]

Karak Revolt
Karak Revolt
(1910) Great Arab Revolt
Arab Revolt


^ a b Kamal S. Salibi (1998-12-15). The Modern History of Jordan. I.B.Tauris. p. 39. ISBN 9781860643316. Retrieved 2016-06-11.  ^ a b Eugene L. Rogan (2002-04-21). Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1850–1921. Cambridge University Press. pp. 190–191. ISBN 9780521892230. Retrieved 2016-06-10.  ^ a b c d e "ثورات الشوبك: 1900م و 1905م". Jordan Heritage (in Arabic). 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 

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