Hejaz Railway
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Hejaz Railway

Railway line between Damascus and Medina. In 1900 Sultan Abdul Hamid II commissioned the construction of a railway to link Damascus with Mecca. The railway was to help provide access to the remote Arab provinces, forge closer ties between Constantinople and the holy sites, and ease the pilgrimage of the Hajjis (pilgrims). In addition, it allowed for the rapid transport of troops to deal with renegade Bedouin tribes in Arabia. The German engineer Heinrich August Meissner was hired to …

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Neulen, Hans Werner, “Hejaz Railway”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 18 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0274>
First published online: 2015



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