Minorities and the Modern Arab World
Edited by Laura Robson
"A very well-researched and timely volume engaging with the many political, social and religious contexts which confronted the various Jewish, Christian and Muslim minorities in the modern Arab world. ...This collection provides necessary background to understanding many of dilemmas which continue to trouble Arab society and culture today"—Anthony O’Mahony, Heythrop College, University of London
"Over the past century and a half, numerous Middle Eastern Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities have experienced
marginalization, violence, and ultimately displacement. These conflicts have led many to the mistaken conclusion that an endemic,
immutable religious intolerance plagues the region. By contextualizing a selection of local experiences, the essays included
in this book offer an important corrective."—Joshua Schreier, associate professor of history, Vassar College
Laura Robson is associate professor of history at Portland State University. She is the author of
Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine.
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In the wake of recent upheavals across the Arab world, a simplistic media portrayal
of the region as essentially homogenous has given way to a new though
equally shallow portrayal, casting it as deeply divided along ethnic, linguistic,
and religious lines. The essays gathered in Minorities and the Modern Arab
World seek to challenge this representation with a nuanced exploration of the
ways in which ethnic, religious, and linguistic commitments have intersected to
create "minority" communities in the modern era.
Bringing together the fields of history, political science, anthropology, sociology,
and linguistics, contributors provide fresh analyses of the construction
and evolution of minority identities around the region. They examine how the
category of "minority" became meaningful only with the rise of the modern
nation-state and find that Middle Eastern minority nationalisms owe much of
their modern self-definition to developments within diaspora populations and
other transnational frameworks.
The first volume to upend the conceptual frame of reference for studying
Middle Eastern minority communities in nearly two decades, Minorities and the
Modern Arab World represents a major intervention in modern Middle East
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6 x 9, 296 pages, notes, bibliography, index