Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East

ISBN-10: 0520079884
ISBN-13: 9780520079885
Edition: N/A
Authors: Edmund Burke
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $24.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/5/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 395
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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.

Born in Ireland in 1729, Edmund Burke was an English statesman, author, and orator who is best remembered as a formidable advocate for those who were victims of injustice. He was the son of a Dublin lawyer and had also trained to practice law. In the 1760s, Burke was elected to the House of Commons from the Whig party. Burke spent most of his career in Parliament as a member of the Royal Opposition, who was not afraid of controversy, as shown by his support for the American Revolution and for Irish/Catholic rights. His best-known work is Reflections on the French Revolution (1790). Some other notable works are On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788). Edmund Burke died in 1797.

Preface
Middle Eastern Societies and Ordinary People's Lives
Precolonial Lives
Assaf: A Peasant of Mount Lebanon
Yishaq Ben Ya'is Halewi: A Moroccan Reformer
Shemsigul: A Circassian Slave in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cairo
Journeymen Textile Weavers in Nineteenth-Century Damascus; A Collective Biography
Ahmad: A Kuwaiti Pearl Diver
Mohand N'Hamoucha: Middle Atlas Berber
Ramadan al-Suwayhli: Hero of the Libyan Resistance
Bibi Maryam: A Bakhtiyari Tribal Woman
Colonial Lives
The Shaykh and His Daughter: Coping in Colonial Algeria
Izz al-Din al-Qassam: Preacher and Mujahid
Abu Ali al-Kilawi: A Damascus Qabaday
M'hamed Ali: Tunisian Labor Organizer
Muhammad El Merid: The Man Who Became Qaid
Hagob Hagobian: An Armenian Truck Driver in Iran
Naji: An Iraqi Country Doctor
Muhammad Ameur: A Tunisian Comrade
Contemporary Lives
Migdim: Egyptian Bedouin Matriarch
Amir Agha: An Iranian Worker
Rostam: Qashqa'i Rebel
An Iranian Village Boyhood
Gulab: An Afghan Schoolteacher
Sumaya: A Lebanese Housemaid
Abu Jamal: A Palestinian Urban Villager
Haddou: A Moroccan Migrant Worker
Glossary
List of Contributors

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