Being Modern in the Middle East Revolution, Nationalism, Colonialism and the Arab Middle Class

ISBN-10: 0691155119
ISBN-13: 9780691155111
Edition: 2006
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

In this innovative book, Keith Watenpaugh connects the question of modernity to the formation of the Arab middle class. The book explores the rise of a middle class of liberal professionals, white-collar employees, journalists, and businessmen during the first decades of the twentieth century in the Arab Middle East and the ways its members created civil society, and new forms of politics, bodies of thought, and styles of engagement with colonialism.Discussions of the middle class have been largely absent from historical writings about the Middle East. Watenpaugh fills this lacuna by drawing on Arab, Ottoman, British, American and French sources and an eclectic body of theoretical literature and shows that within the crucible of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, World War I, and the advent of late European colonialism, a discrete middle class took shape. It was defined not just by the wealth, professions, possessions, or the levels of education of its members, but also by the way they asserted their modernity.Using the ethnically and religiously diverse middle class of the cosmopolitan city of Aleppo, Syria, as a point of departure, Watenpaugh explores the larger political and social implications of what being modern meant in the non-West in the first half of the twentieth century.Well researched and provocative,Being Modern in the Middle Eastmakes a critical contribution not just to Middle East history, but also to the global study of class, mass violence, ideas, and revolution.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Abbreviations and Acronymns
Introduction: Modernity, Class, and the Architectures of Community
An Eastern Mediterranean City on the Eve of Revolution
Being Modern in a Time of Revolution: The Revolution of 1908 and the Beginnings of Middle-Class Politics (1908-1918)
Ottoman Precedents (I): Journalism, Voluntary Association, and the "True Civilization" of the Middle Class
Ottoman Precedents (II): The Technologies of the Public Sphere and the Multiple Deaths of the Ottoman Citizen
Being Modern in a Moment of Anxiety: The Middle Class Makes Sense of a "Postwar" World (1918-1924)--Historicism, Nationalism, and Violence
Rescuing the Arab from History: Halab, Orientalist Imaginings, Wilsonianism, and Early Arabism
The Persistence of Empire at the Moment of Its Collapse: Ottoman-Islamic Identity and "New Men" Rebels
Remembering the Great War: Allegory, Civic Virtue, and Conservative Reaction
Being Modern in an Era of Colonialism: Middle-Class Modernity and the Culture of the French Mandate for Syria (1925-1946)
Deferring to the A "yan :The Middle Class and the Politics of Notables
Middle-Class Fascism and the Transformation of Civil Violence: Steel Shirts, White Badges, and the Last Qabaday
Not Quite Syrians: Aleppo's Communities of Collaboration
Coda: The Incomplete Project of Middle-Class Modernity and the Paradox of Metropolitan Desire
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