Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire
James L. Gelvin brings a new and distinctive perspective to the perennially fascinating topic of nationalism in the Arab Middle East. Unlike previous historians who have focused on the activities and ideas of a small group of elites, Gelvin details the role played by non-elites in nationalist politics during the early part of the twentieth century. Drawing from previously untapped sources, he documents the appearance of a new form of political organization the popular committee that sprang up in cities and villages throughout greater Syria in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. These committees empowered a new type of nationalist leadership, made nationalist politics a mass phenomenon for the first time, and articulated a view of nation and nationalism that continues to inform the politics of the region today.Gelvin does more than recount an episode in the history of nationalism in the Arab Middle East. His examination of leaflets, graffiti, speeches, rumors, and editorials offers fresh insights into the symbolic construction of national communities. His analysis of ceremonies national celebrations, demonstrations, theater contributes to our understanding of the emergence of mass politics. By situating his study within a broader historical context, Gelvin has written a book that will be of interest to all who wish to understand nationalism in the region and beyond."
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The Popular Committees
NATIONALIST COMMUNITIES OF DISCOURSE
The Symbolic Component of Rival Nationalist Discursive Fields
The Integrative and Prescriptive Powers of Rival Nationalist Discursive Fields
THE CEREMONIES OF NATIONALISMS
According activities al-carabiyya al-cAsima al-cAzm al-Din al-Fatat al-Kawkab al-Khatib al-Rikabi al-thawra Aleppans Aleppo allies Amir Faysal April Arab army Arab Bureau Arab Club Arab government Arab nationalism Arab Revolt Battle of Maysalun Beirut British cAbd al-Qadir cAsima ceremonies Club of Damascus committee of national complete independence Cousse to Gouraud Cousse to HC Darwaza December demonstrations Dimashq discursive field eastern zone elites entente powers example Faysali period February French Gertrude Bell Higher National Committee Hijaz Hijazis Jamal Pasha January July June Kamil al-Qassab Khoury King-Crane Commission leaders leaflets MAE L:SL/vol mandate March martyrs Maysalun merchants Middle East military mobilization Mudhakkarat Muhammad mutanawwirun national defense newspaper notables November October organized Ottoman Ottoman Empire Palestine participation patriotic petition Picot political popular committees population Renseignements representatives Sacid September 1919 sharifians Shaykh SL:LW slogans social society Suriyya symbols Syria Syrian General Congress Syrian Union Tarikh tion ulama USNA
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