Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism: The Politics of Damascus, 1860-1920 / Edition 1

Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism: The Politics of Damascus, 1860-1920 / Edition 1

by Philip S. Khoury
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521533236

ISBN-13: 9780521533232

Pub. Date: 10/31/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

No idea has captured the imagination or expressed the hopes of Arabs in the twentieth century as has Arab nationalism, and perhaps no subject has received so much attention from historians of the Middle East. But, while many historians have explored its intellectual sources, few have considered the social and political environment in which Arab nationalism evolved

Overview

No idea has captured the imagination or expressed the hopes of Arabs in the twentieth century as has Arab nationalism, and perhaps no subject has received so much attention from historians of the Middle East. But, while many historians have explored its intellectual sources, few have considered the social and political environment in which Arab nationalism evolved as an ideological movement. This study attempts to correct the imbalance and, in the process, provides a fascinating interpretation of the rise of the ideology of nationalism within the Arab world. The book focuses on the social and political life of the great notable families of Ottoman Damascus, who, before World War I, played a crucial part in translating the idea into political action. Dr Khoury explains how such long-term factors as the Ottoman reformation, European economic expansion and agrarian commercialization in Syria encouraged rival and socially differentiated networks of influential families to merge into a cohesive upper class. Under the umbrella of a reinvigorated Ottoman central authority, this class of landowners and bureaucrats produced a new urban leadership, which dominated local politics after 1860.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521533232
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Library Series, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps; Note on transcription; Preface; Introduction; 1. The political configuration of Damascus in 1860; 2. The consolidation of leadership in Damascus after 1860; 3. Damascus notables and the rise of Arab nationalism before World War I; 4. Notables, nationalists and faysal's Arab government in Damascus, 1918–1920; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Glossary of Arabic, Persian and Turkish terms; Index.

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