The Making of a Syrian Identity: Intellectuals and Merchants in Nineteenth Century Beirut

Front Cover
Brill, 2005 - History - 277 pages
0 Reviews
Exploring the origins and development of the Syrian identity, during the 18th and 19th centuries, through the role of Christian Arab intellectuals and merchants, Ottomans and American missionaries, this volume examines its background, stages of evolution, and components. It shows that the contribution of these Christian Arabs, despite their relatively small number, lies in the processes they set in motion, being the first to promote territorial concepts along with a secular interpretation of Arab culture.
This Syrian identity constitutes an innovative case study in the broader discipline of proto-national identity and the study of the development of local identities in Middle Eastern countries. It is also a vital basis for research of 20th century Syrian nationalism.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2005)

Fruma Zachs, Ph.D. (1997), is Lecturer in Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa. She has published articles on 18th and 19th century Syria in Die Welt des Islams, BRIJMES, MES and others. She is also co-editor of Ottoman Reform and Muslim Regenerations (I.B.Tauris).

Bibliographic information