The Modern Middle East: A Reader

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This valuable collection of essays brings leading Middle Eastern scholars together in one volume and provides an unparalleled view of the modern Middle East. Covering two centuries of change, from 1789 to the present, the selection is carefully designed for students and is the only available text of its kind. It will also appeal to anyone with a general interest in the Middle East. The book is divided into four sections: Reforming Elites and Changing Relations with Europe, 1789-1918; Transformations in Society ...
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Overview

This valuable collection of essays brings leading Middle Eastern scholars together in one volume and provides an unparalleled view of the modern Middle East. Covering two centuries of change, from 1789 to the present, the selection is carefully designed for students and is the only available text of its kind. It will also appeal to anyone with a general interest in the Middle East. The book is divided into four sections: Reforming Elites and Changing Relations with Europe, 1789-1918; Transformations in Society and Economy, 1789-1918; The Construction of Nationalist Ideologies and Politics up to the 1950s; and The Middle East since the Second World War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520082403
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/1994
  • Pages: 600

Meet the Author

Albert Hourani (1915-1993) was Emeritus Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and the author of A History of the Arab Peoples (1991). Philip S. Khoury is Professor of Middle East History at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and co-editor of Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (California, 1991). Mary C. Wilson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of King Abdullah, Britain, and the Making of Jordan (1988).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on Presentation
Introduction 1
Pt. I Reforming Elites and Changing Relations with Europe, 1789-1918
Introduction 23
The Ottoman Ulema and Westernization in the Time of Selim III and Mahmud II 29
Turkish Attitudes Concerning Christian-Muslim Equality in the Nineteenth Century 61
Ottoman Reform and the Politics of Notables 83
Egypt and Europe: from French Expedition to British Occupation 111
War and Society under the Young Turks, 1908-18 125
Social Change in Persia in the Nineteenth Century 145
Pt. II Transformations in Society and Economy, 1789-1918
Introduction 171
Middle East Economic Development, 1815-1914: the General and the Specific 177
The Origins of Private Ownership of Land in Egypt: a Reappraisal 195
Decline of the family economy in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Egypt 229
Ottoman Women, Households, and Textile Manufacturing, 1800-1914 255
Said Bey - The Everyday Life of an Istanbul Townsman at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century 271
The Crowd in the Persian Revolution 289
Cairo 311
Pt. III The Construction of Nationalist Ideologies and Politics to the 1950s
Introduction 341
Religion and Secularism in Turkey 347
From Ottomanism to Arabism: The Origin of an Ideology 375
1919: Labor Upsurge and National Revolution 395
Syrian Urban Politics in Transition: the Quarters of Damascus during the French Mandate 429
The Role of the Palestinian Peasantry in the Great Revolt (1936-1939) 467
Of the Diversity of Iraqis, the Incohesiveness of their Society, and their Progress in the Monarchic Period toward a Consolidated Political Structure 503
Pt. IV The Middle East Since the Second World War
Introduction 529
Consequences of the Suez Crisis in the Arab World 535
Arab Military in Politics: from Revolutionary Plot to Authoritarian State 551
Political Power and the Saudi State 579
Iranian Revolutions in Comparative Perspective 601
The Religious Right 625
Dilemmas of the Jewish State 643
Hazards of Modernity and Morality: Women, State and Ideology in Contemporary Iran 663
Notes on Contributors 688
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