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Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: Contextualising Community

Edinburgh University Press

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ISBN 10: 074868610X / ISBN 13: 9780748686100
Published by Edinburgh University Press, 2015
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Title: Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: ...

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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This book explores the changing conceptions and practice of diaspora in the modern Middle East. Approaching the Middle East through the lens of Diaspora Studies, the 11 detailed case studies in this volume explore the experiences of different diasporic communities in and of the region, and look at the changing conceptions and practice of diaspora in the modern Middle East. They show how concepts central to diaspora such as 'homeland', 'host state', 'exile', 'longing', 'memory' and 'return' have been deconstructed and reinstated with new meaning through each complex diasporic experience. They also examine how different groups have struggled to claim and negotiate a space for themselves in the Middle East, and the ways in which these efforts have been aided and hampered by the historical, social, legal, political, economic, colonial and post colonial specificities of the region. In situating these different communities within their own narratives - of conflict, resistance, war, genocide, persecution, displacement, migration - these studies stress both the common elements of diaspora but also their individual specificity in a way that challenges, complements and at times subverts the dominant nationalist historiography of the region. It includes 11 detailed qualitative case studies based on extensive fieldwork and research. It provides a counter history to prevailing nationalist narratives. It draws on the new theoretical and conceptual developments of Diaspora Studies in the context of the empirical richness and dynamism of the Middle Eastern Studies. It's case studies include Greek Orthodox communities in Syria and Turkey, the post Ottoman Middle East, Ossetians in Turkey, the Italians of Egypt, Armenians in Turkey and Cyrpus, Palestinian women, Palestinians in Lebanon and in Syria, Malayans in the Gulf, Iraqis in Egypt, and home in Lebanese literature.


"A welcome and much needed complement to the growing body of scholarship on Middle Eastern diasporic communities outside the region, such as Middle Eastern migrants in Europe and North America... Researchers and students are likely to benefit, not only from the chapters themselves, but from unique methodological approaches and the rich bibliographies. The volume is highly recommended for those interested in ethnicity, migration, and diaspora in the region." -- Shawn Teresa Flanigan, Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online

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