Middle East Research

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SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

  1. The Making of the Arab Intellectual

    Empire, Public Sphere and the Colonial Coordinates of Selfhood

    Edited by Dyala Hamzah

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    In the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s nineteenth-century reforms, as guilds waned and new professions emerged, the scholarly ‘estate’ underwent social differentiation. Some found employment in the state’s new institutions as translators, teachers and editors, whilst others resisted civil servant...

    Published November 7th 2012 by Routledge

  2. State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey

    Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945

    Edited by Benjamin C. Fortna, Stefanos Katsikas, Dimitris Kamouzis, Paraskevas Konortas

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Tracing the emergence of minorities and their institutions from the late nineteenth century to the eve of the Second World War, this book provides a comparative study of government policies and ideologies of two states towards minority populations living within their borders. Making extensive use...

    Published November 7th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Orthodox Christians in the Late Ottoman Empire

    A Study of Communal Relations in Anatolia

    By Ayse Ozil

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Orthodox Christians, as well as other non-Muslims of the Ottoman Empire, have long been treated as insular and homogenous entities, distinctly different and separate from the rest of the Ottoman world. Despite this view prevailing in mainstream historiography, some scholars have suggested recently...

    Published December 12th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Islam and the Politics of Secularism

    The Caliphate and Middle Eastern Modernization in the Early 20th Century

    By Nurullah Ardic

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    This book examines the process of secularization in the Middle East in the late 19th and early 20th century through an analysis of the transformation and abolition of Islamic Caliphate. Focusing on debates in both the center of the Caliphate and its periphery, the author argues that the...

    Published January 15th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Opposition and Legitimacy in the Ottoman Empire

    Conspiracies and Political Cultures

    By Florian Riedler

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    This book looks at opposition to the Ottoman government in the second half of the nineteenth century, examining a number of key political conspiracies and how these relate to an existing political culture. In his detailed analysis of these conspiracies, the author offers a new perspective on an...

    Published December 19th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Court Cultures in the Muslim World

    Seventh to Nineteenth Centuries

    Edited by Albrecht Fuess, Jan-Peter Hartung

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Courts and the complex phenomenon of the courtly society have received intensified interest in academic research over recent decades, however, the field of Islamic court culture has so far been overlooked. This book provides a comparative perspective on the history of courtly culture in Muslim...

    Published December 6th 2010 by Routledge

  7. The City in the Ottoman Empire

    Migration and the making of urban modernity

    Edited by Ulrike Freitag, Malte Fuhrmann, Nora Lafi, Florian Riedler

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    The nexus of urban governance and human migration was a crucial feature in the modernisation of cities in the Ottoman Empire of the nineteenth century. This book connects these two concepts to examine the Ottoman city as a destination of human migration, throwing new light on the question of...

    Published November 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  8. Untold Histories of the Middle East

    Recovering Voices from the 19th and 20th Centuries

    Edited by Amy Singer, Christoph Neumann, Selcuk Aksin Somel

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Much traditional historiography consciously and unconsciously glosses over certain discourses, narratives, and practices. This book examines silences or omissions in Middle Eastern history at the turn of the twenty-first century, to give a fuller account of the society, culture and politics. With a...

    Published July 15th 2010 by Routledge

  9. State-Society Relations in Ba'thist Iraq

    Facing Dictatorship

    By Achim Rohde

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Scholarship on Iraq under the Ba’th regime has traditionally focused on the rule of Saddam Hussein and his narrow inner circle. The centrality of the former president in Iraqi politics until spring 2003 and the tyranny of his regime were evident, and available sources concerning developments inside...

    Published March 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  10. Nationalism and Liberal Thought in the Arab East

    Ideology and Practice

    Edited by Christoph Schumann

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    This book explores the complex relationship between nationalism and liberal thought in the Arab East during the first half of the twentieth century. Examining this formative period through reformist Islam, Arab secularism and Arab literature, the book situates major shifts in the political...

    Published February 12th 2010 by Routledge

  11. Nazism in Syria and Lebanon

    The Ambivalence of the German Option, 1933–1945

    By Götz Nordbruch

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    The increasingly vibrant political culture emerging in Lebanon and Syria in the 1930s and early 1940s is key to the understanding of local approaches towards the Nazi German regime. For many contemporary observers in Beirut and Damascus, Nazism not only posed a risk to Europe, but threatened to...

    Published December 16th 2008 by Routledge

  12. Subalterns and Social Protest

    History from Below in the Middle East and North Africa

    Edited by Stephanie Cronin

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    The articles in this collection provide an alternative view of Middle Eastern history by focusing on the oppressed and the excluded, offering a challenge to the usual elite narratives. The collection is unique in its historical depth - ranging from the medieval period to the present - and its...

    Published September 10th 2007 by Routledge

  13. Cities in the Pre-Modern Islamic World

    The Urban Impact of Religion, State and Society

    Edited by Amira K. Bennison, Alison L. Gascoigne

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    This volume is an inter-disciplinary endeavour which brings together recent research on aspects of urban life and structure by architectural and textual historians and archaeologists, engendering exciting new perspectives on urban life in the pre-modern Islamic world. Its objective is to move...

    Published July 25th 2007 by Routledge

  14. Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia

    The Umma Below the Winds

    By Michael Francis Laffan

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Drawing on previously unavailable archival material, this book argues that Indonesian nationalism rested on Islamic ecumenism heightened by colonial rule and the pilgrimage. The award winning author Laffan contrasts the latter experience with life in Cairo, where some Southeast Asians...

    Published May 18th 2007 by Routledge

  15. The Ottoman Administration of Iraq, 1890-1908

    By Gökhan Çetinsaya

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    This is a study of the nature of Ottoman administration under Sultan Abdulhamid and the effects of this on the three provinces that were to form the modern state of Iraq. The author provides a general commentary on the late Ottoman provincial administration and a comprehensive picture of the nature...

    Published July 3rd 2006 by Routledge

  16. Iraqi Arab Nationalism

    Authoritarian, Totalitarian and Pro-Fascist Inclinations, 1932–1941

    By Peter Wien

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Peter Wien presents a provocative discussion on the history of Iraq and the growth of nationalism during the 1930s and early 1940s. He deconstructs the established view that a large proportion of the nationalist movement in Iraq during this period was heavily influenced by Nazi Germany, arguing...

    Published April 13th 2006 by Routledge

  17. Medieval Arabic Historiography

    Authors as Actors

    By Konrad Hirschler

    Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

    Medieval Arabic Historiography is concerned with social contexts and narrative structures of pre-modern Islamic historiography written in Arabic in seventh and thirteenth-century Syria and Eygpt. Taking up recent theoretical reflections on historical writing in the European Middle Ages, this...

    Published April 12th 2006 by Routledge