Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan / Edition 1

Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan / Edition 1

by Andrew Shryock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520201019

ISBN-13: 9780520201019

Pub. Date: 02/12/1997

Publisher: University of California Press


This book explores the transition from oral to written history now taking place in tribal Jordan, a transition that reveals the many ways in which modernity, literate historicity, and national identity are developing in the contemporary Middle East. As traditional Bedouin storytellers and literate historians lead him through a world of hidden documents, contested…  See more details below

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This book explores the transition from oral to written history now taking place in tribal Jordan, a transition that reveals the many ways in which modernity, literate historicity, and national identity are developing in the contemporary Middle East. As traditional Bedouin storytellers and literate historians lead him through a world of hidden documents, contested photographs, and meticulously reconstructed pedigrees, Andrew Shryock describes how he becomes enmeshed in historical debates, ranging from the local to the national level.

The world the Bedouin inhabit is rich in oral tradition and historical argument, in subtle reflections on the nature of truth and its relationship to poetics, textuality, and power. Skillfully blending anthropology and history, Shryock discusses the substance of tribal history through the eyes of its creators—those who sustain an older tradition of authoritative oral history and those who have experimented with the first written accounts. His focus throughout is on the development of a "genealogical nationalism" as well as on the tensions that arise between tribe and state.

Rich in both personal revelation and cultural implications, this book poses a provocative challenge to traditional assumptions about the way history is written.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520201019
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/12/1997
Series:
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
363
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
lWriting Oral Histories11
2A City of Shadowy Outlines38
3Remembering the Sword and Lance76
4Documentation and the War of Words95
5Border Crossings148
6From Hearsay to Revelation213
7Publication and the Redistribution of Power262
8Popular Genealogical Nationalism311
Appendix ATransliterations of 'Abbadi and 'Adwani Poems329
Appendix BThe Parliamentary Elections of 1989340
Bibliography343
Index353

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