Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa

ISBN-10: 0821420402

ISBN-13: 9780821420409

Edition: 2012

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The landscapes of the Middle East have captured our imaginations throughout history. Images of endless golden dunes, camel caravans, isolated desert oases, and rivers lined with palm trees have often framed written and visual representations of the region. Embedded in these portrayals is the common belief that the environment, in most places, has been deforested and desertified by centuries of misuse. It is precisely such orientalist environmental imaginaries, increasingly undermined by contemporary ecological data, that the eleven authors in this volume question.  This is the first volume to critically examine culturally constructed views of the environmental history of the Middle East and suggest that they have often benefitted elites at the expense of the ecologies and the peoples of the region. The contributors expose many of the questionable policies and practices born of these environmental imaginaries and related histories that have been utilized in the region since the colonial period. They further reveal how power, in the form of development programs, notions of nationalism, and hydrological maps, for instance, relates to environmental knowledge production. 
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Edmund Burke IIIis Professor, Presidental Chair, and Director of the Center for World History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and coeditor, with David N. Yaghoubian, ofStruggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East(second editon, UC Press).Kenneth Pomeranzis Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and author ofThe Great Divergence,among other books.

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