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This collection of ten essays focuses on the way major schools and individuals have narrated histories of the Middle East. The distinguished contributors explore the historiography of economic and intellectual history, nationalism, fundamentalism, colonialism, the media, slavery, and gender. In doing so, they engage with some of the most controversial issues of the twentieth century.

Middle Eastern studies today cover a rich and varied terrain, yet the study of the profession itself has been relatively neglected. There is, however, an ever-present need to examine what the research has chosen to include and exclude and to become more consciously aware of shifts in research approaches and methods. This collection illuminates the evolving state of the art and suggests new directions for further research.

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Editorial Reviews

International Journal of Middle East Studies 41 (2009)

The editors have assembled a valuable range of insightful and well-informed views of crucial themes in the contemporary historiography of the Middle East and North Africa.


In addition to traditional topics such as colonialism, nationalism, religion, and intellectual history, [these] essays cover less examined subjects such as On Gender, History,.. and Fiction, Will That Subaltern Ever Speak? Finding African Slaves in the Historiography of the Middle East, and Audiovisual Media and History of the Arab Middle East. This is an excellent, timely work of scholarship, indispensable for any serious student of the contemporary Middle East..

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986043
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Israel Gershoni and Amy Singer teach modern Middle East history and Ottoman history, respectively, in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University. Y. Hakan Erdem teaches history in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University, Istanbul. Other contributors include Walter Armbrust (St. Antony's College, Oxford), Marilyn Booth (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona, Tucson), Juan R. I. Cole (University of Michigan), Fatma Muge Gocek (University of Michigan), Ellis Goldberg (University of Washington), R. Stephen Humphreys (University of California, Santa Barbara), Eve M. Troutt Powell (University of Pennsylvania), and Charles D. Smith (University of Arizona).

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPart I: The State of the ArtIntroduction / Israel Gershoni and Amy Singer1. The Historiography of the Modern Middle East: Transforming a Field of Study / R. Stephen Humphreys

Part II: Colonialism and Nationalism2. The Historiography of World War I and the Emergence of the Contemporary Middle East / Charles D. Smith3. Twentieth-Century Historians and Historiography of the Middle East: Women, Gender, and Empire / Julia Clancy-Smith4. Reading Genocide: Turkish Historiography on the Armenian Deportations and Massacres of 1915 / Fatma Muge Gocek

Part III: Narratives of Crisis 5. The Theory of Crisis and the Crisis in a Theory: Intellectual History in Twentieth-Century Middle Eastern Studies / Israel Gershoni6. The Historiography of Crisis in the Egyptian Political Economy / Ellis Goldberg

Part IV: Emerging Voices7. On Gender, History,... and Fiction / Marilyn Booth8. Will That Subaltern Ever Speak? Finding African Slaves in the Historiography of the Middle East / Eve M. Troutt Powell9. Muslim Religious Extremism in Egypt: A Historiographical Critique of Narratives / Juan R. I. Cole 10. Audiovisual Media and History of the Middle East / Walter Armbrust


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