Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East

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Edmund Burke
University of California Press, 1993 - Middle East - 400 pages
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Until now, we have known very little of the lives of ordinary Middle Eastern men and women, despite extensive research on the modern Middle East. With this collection of essays, the life stories of peasants, villagers, pastoralists, and urbanites can finally be heard—no more will our view of the Middle East be seen only over the shoulders of the elite.

These twenty-four biographies are drawn from the entire Middle East—from Morocco to Afghanistan—and provide vantage points from which to understand modern Middle Eastern history "from the bottom up." Spanning the past 150 years and reflecting important transformations, the stories challenge elite-centered accounts of what has occurred in the Middle East and illuminate hidden corners of a largely unrecorded world.

The essays, divided chronologically, provide a comprehensive framework for those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern social history. "Pre-Colonial Lives" covers the period from 1850 until World War I, "Colonial Lives" chronicles the beginning of European rule, and "Contemporary Lives" relates the massive changes of the postwar era. Through them, we see how specific ecologies, ways of life, ethnic, class and gender situations can shape individual human action.
  

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Great! A compilation of work by many it gives you insight into cultures of the middle east and north africa. Some you've probably never heard of. Read full review

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Generally, I am not a fan of histories of unimportant people, but this one is not a total waste of time. Read full review

Contents

A Peasant of Mount Lebanon
31
A Moroccan Reformer
44
A Circassian Slave in MidNineteenthCentury Cairo
59
Nels Johnson I
91
Edmund Burke III I
100
Hero of the Libyan Resistance
114
A Bakhtiyari Tribal Woman
129
Julia ClancySmith I
145
An Iraqi Country Doctor
234
A Tunisian Comrade
251
Egyptian Bedouin Matriarch
271
Fakhreddin Atimi I
290
Qashqai Rebel
305
An Iranian Village Boyhood
320
An Afghan Schoolteacher
336
A Lebanese Housemaid
352

Abdullah Schleifer I
164
Philip S Khoury I
179
Eqbal Ahmad and Stuart Schaar I
191
David Seddon I
211
An Armenian Truck Driver in Iran
224
A Palestinian Urban Villager
364
David McMurray I
377
GLOSSARY
395
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Edmund Burke, III is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the editor of Rethinking World History: Essays on Europe, Islam and World History by Marshall G.S. Hodgson (1993) and co-editor (with Ira Lapidus) of Islam, Politics, and Social Movements (California, 1988).

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