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Overview

Between the 1890s and 1920s, cities in the vast region stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean were experiencing political, social, economic, and cultural changes that had been set in motion at least since the early nineteenth century. As the age of pre-colonial empires gave way to colonial and national states, there was a sense that a particular liberalism of culture and economy had been irretrievably lost to a more intolerant age.

Avoiding such dichotomies as East/West and modernity/tradition, this book provides a comparative analysis of contested versions of the concept of modernity. The book examines not only the "high" culture of scholars and the literati, but also popular music, the visual arts, and journalism. The contributors incorporate discussion of the way in which the business in both commodities and ideas was conducted in the increasingly cosmopolitan cities of the time.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

MESA Bulletin

The totality of the essays in Modernity & Culture validate the need for cross-regional analysis.

Mediterranean Historical Review
With its complex approach to the problems under study and its innovative interpretations, this collection represents an important stimulus.

— Svetla Ianeva

History: Reviews of New Books
The volume is a major contribution to the growing field of comparative history... Modernity and Culture, although focused on the Middle East and South Asia, will be of broad interest to students and teachers of world history for its explicit content and the stimulation it provides toward fresh conceptions and presentations of two major world regions in a global context.

— Frank F. Conlon

School of Oriental & African Studies
This book can be regarded as a landmark achievement in expanding the scope of historical studies... It will provide a most valuable starting point for a new type of comparative studies.

— Ulrike Freitag

History: Reviews of New Books - Frank F. Conlon

The volume is a major contribution to the growing field of comparative history... Modernity and Culture, although focused on the Middle East and South Asia, will be of broad interest to students and teachers of world history for its explicit content and the stimulation it provides toward fresh conceptions and presentations of two major world regions in a global context.

School of Oriental and African Studies - Ulrike Freitag

This book can be regarded as a landmark achievement in expanding the scope of historical studies... It will provide a most valuable starting point for a new type of comparative studies.

Arab Studies Journal - Jennifer Derr

The contributors to Modernity and Culture capture many of the important trends that shaped the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean worlds during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Mediterranean Historical Review - Svetla Ianeva

With its complex approach to the problems under study and its innovative interpretations, this collection represents an important stimulus.

American Historical Review

The guiding vision behind this collection is profound, and the overall quality of the articles is excellent.

History: Reviews of New Books

The volume is a major contribution to the growing field of comparative history... Modernity and Culture, although focused on the Middle East and South Asia, will be of broad interest to students and teachers of world history for its explicit content and the stimulation it provides toward fresh conceptions and presentations of two major world regions in a global context.

— Frank F. Conlon

School of Oriental and African Studies

This book can be regarded as a landmark achievement in expanding the scope of historical studies... It will provide a most valuable starting point for a new type of comparative studies.

— Ulrike Freitag

Arab Studies Journal
The contributors to Modernity and Culture capture many of the important trends that shaped the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean worlds during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

— Jennifer Derr

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231114271
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leila Tarazi Fawaz is a professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both at Tufts University.

C. A. Bayly is professor of history at Cambridge University and fellow of St. Catharine's College.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Connected World of Empires, by C. A. Bayly and Leila FawazSection 1. Trade Routes and Patterns of Exchange from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, Sixteenth to the Nineteenth CenturiesTrade and Port Cities in the Red Sea - Gulf of Aden Region in the Sixteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, by Michel TuchschererA Divided Sea: The Cairo Coffee Trade in the Red Sea Area during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, by André RaymondThe Red Sea Ports during the Revolution in Transportation, by Colette DuboisSection II. Cities as Centers of ExchangePort Cities as Nodal Points of Change: The Indian Ocean, 1890s - 1920s, by Kenneth McPhersonHaifa at the Crossroads: An Outpost of the New World Order, by May SeikalyIslamic Universalism and Regional Identity in Turn-of-the-Century Basra: Sheikh Ibrahim al-Haidari's Book Revisited, by Hala FattahSection III. Survival of the Inland CitiesDamascus and the Pilgrim Caravan, by Abdul-Karim RafeqAspects of Economy and Society in the Syrian Provinces: Aleppo in Transition, 1880-1925, by Peter SluglettSection IV. Cultural Production and DiffusionRepresenting Copts and Muhammadans: Empire, Nation, and Community in Egypt and India, 1880-1914, by C. A. BaylyIzmir 1922: A Port City Unravels, by Resat KasabaNegotiating Colonial Modernity and Cultural Difference: Indian Muslim Conceptions of Community and Nation, c. 1878-1914, by Ayesha JalalSection V. Politics Race and CommunityThe Tangled End of Istanbul's Imperial Supremacy, by Engin Deniz AkarliRacial Readings of Empire: Britain, France, and Colonial Modernity in the Mediterranean and Asia, by Susan BaylySection VI. Representing the ModernAlexandria: A Mediterranean Cosmopolitan Center of Cultural Production, by Robin OstleBetween Politics and Literature: Journals in Alexandria and Istanbul at the End of the Nineteenth Century, by Elisabeth KendallPrinting and Urban Islam in the Mediterranean World, 1890-1920, by Juan ColeSection VII. Comparisons and ConnectionsSpace and Time on the Indian Ocean Rim: Theory and History, by Sugata Bose

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