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The British Mandate in Palestine: A Centenary Volume, 1920–2020

The British Mandate in Palestine: A Centenary Volume, 1920–2020

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael J Cohen
February 24, 2020

The British Mandate over Palestine began just 100 years ago, in July 1920, when Sir Herbert Samuel, the first British High Commissioner to Palestine, took his seat at Government House, Jerusalem. The chapters here analyse a wide cross-section of the conflicting issues, social, political and...

Hebrew Popular Journalism: Birth and Development in Ottoman Palestine

Hebrew Popular Journalism: Birth and Development in Ottoman Palestine

1st Edition

Ouzi Elyada
June 04, 2019

The book examines the birth, development, and mode of operation of the Hebrew popular press that progressed in Ottoman Palestine between 1884 and the eruption of World War I in 1914. The inquiry yields a profile of the printers, editors, and journalists, and examines the editors’ working patterns...

Britain and the Arab Gulf after Empire: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, 1971-1981

Britain and the Arab Gulf after Empire: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, 1971-1981

1st Edition

Simon C. Smith
March 28, 2019

Although Britain’s formal imperial role in the smaller, oil-rich Sheikhdoms of the Arab Gulf – Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates – ended in 1971, Britain continued to have a strong interest and continuing presence in the region. This book explores the nature of Britain’s role...

The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the Sixteenth Century: Building the Atik Valide

The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the Sixteenth Century: Building the Atik Valide

1st Edition

Pinar Kayaalp
March 07, 2018

Nurbanu (1525–1583) is one of the most prominent yet least studied royal women of the Ottoman dynasty. Her political and administrative career began when she was chosen as the favorite concubine of the crown prince Selim. Nurbanu’s authority increased when her son Murad was singled out as...

Protestant Missionaries in the Levant: Ungodly Puritans, 1820-1860

Protestant Missionaries in the Levant: Ungodly Puritans, 1820-1860

1st Edition

Samir Khalaf
May 24, 2017

Through focusing on the unintended by-products of New England Puritanism as a cultural transplant in the Levant, this book explores the socio-historical forces which account for the failure of early envoys’ attempts to convert the ‘native,’ population. Early failure in conversion led to later...

War and State Formation in Syria: Cemal Pasha's Governorate During World War I, 1914-1917

War and State Formation in Syria: Cemal Pasha's Governorate During World War I, 1914-1917

1st Edition

M. Talha Çiçek
December 09, 2016

During the First World War, Cemal Pasha attempted to establish direct control over Syrian and thereby reaffirm Ottoman authority there through various policies of control, including the abolishment of local intermediaries. Elaborating on these Ottoman policies of control, this book assesses Cemal...

The Secret Anglo-French War in the Middle East: Intelligence and Decolonization, 1940-1948

The Secret Anglo-French War in the Middle East: Intelligence and Decolonization, 1940-1948

1st Edition

Meir Zamir
November 11, 2016

The role of intelligence in colonialism and decolonization is a rapidly expanding field of study. The premise of The Secret Anglo-French War in the Middle East is that intelligence statecraft is the "missing dimension" in the established historiography of the Middle East during and after World War...

Histories of the Jews of Egypt: An Imagined Bourgeoisie, 1880s-1950s

Histories of the Jews of Egypt: An Imagined Bourgeoisie, 1880s-1950s

1st Edition

Dario Miccoli
March 13, 2015

Up until the advent of Nasser and the 1956 War, a thriving and diverse Jewry lived in Egypt – mainly in the two cities of Alexandria and Cairo, heavily influencing the social and cultural history of the country. Histories of the Jews of Egypt argues that this Jewish diaspora should be viewed as "...

The Druze Community and the Lebanese State: Between Confrontation and Reconciliation

The Druze Community and the Lebanese State: Between Confrontation and Reconciliation

1st Edition

Yusri Hazran
June 30, 2014

One of the fundamental questions of Middle Eastern, and Lebanese studies in particular, is the history of the relationship between the Druze community and the state in modern Lebanon. Arguing that the Druze community has been politically alienated from the Lebanese state, this book explores the...

The Ghazi Sultans and the Frontiers of Islam: A comparative study of the late medieval and early modern periods

The Ghazi Sultans and the Frontiers of Islam: A comparative study of the late medieval and early modern periods

1st Edition

Ali Anooshahr
March 28, 2014

The Ghazi Sultans were frontier holy-warrior kings of late medieval and early modern Islamic history. This book is a comparative study of three particular Ghazis in the Muslim world at that time, demonstrating the extent to which these men were influenced by the actions and writings of their...

The Origins of Syrian Nationhood: Histories, Pioneers and Identity

The Origins of Syrian Nationhood: Histories, Pioneers and Identity

1st Edition

Adel Beshara
March 10, 2014

The ‘Syria idea’ emerged in the nineteenth century as a concept of national awakening superseding both Arab nationalism and separatist currents. Looking at nationalist movements, ideas and individuals, this book traces the origin and development of the idea of Syrian nationhood from the perspective...

British Somaliland: An Administrative History, 1920-1960

British Somaliland: An Administrative History, 1920-1960

1st Edition

Brock Millman
November 28, 2013

British Somaliland provides a history of the administration of the British Somaliland Protectorate from the time when Somaliland first became governable, following the defeat of Abdullah Hassan, to independence. Describing the interplay between general imperial policies, and greater realities and...

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