Middle East Historiographies: Narrating the Twentieth Century by Israel Gershoni

Middle East Historiographies: Narrating the Twentieth Century

EditorIsrael Gershoni, Amy Singer, Y. Hakan Erdem

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This collection of ten essays focuses on the way major schools and individuals have narrated histories of the Middle East. The distinguished contributors explore the historiography of economic and intellectual history, nationalism, fundamentalism, colonialism, the media, slavery, and gender. In doing so, they engage with some of the most controversial issues of the twentieth century.

Middle Eastern studies today cover a rich and varied terrain, yet the study of the profession itself has been relatively neglected. There is, however, an ever-present need to examine what the research has chosen to include and exclude and to become more consciously aware of shifts in research approaches and methods. This collection illuminates the evolving state of the art and suggests new directions for further research.

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Israel Gershoni and Amy Singer teach modern Middle East history and Ottoman history, respectively, in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University. Y. Hakan Erdem teaches history in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University, Istanbul. Other contributors include Walter Armbrust (St. Anton...
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Title:Middle East Historiographies: Narrating the Twentieth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:July 28, 2006Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295986042

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AcknowledgmentsPart I: The State of the ArtIntroduction / Israel Gershoni and Amy Singer1. The Historiography of the Modern Middle East: Transforming a Field of Study / R. Stephen Humphreys

Part II: Colonialism and Nationalism2. The Historiography of World War I and the Emergence of the Contemporary Middle East / Charles D. Smith3. Twentieth-Century Historians and Historiography of the Middle East: Women, Gender, and Empire / Julia Clancy-Smith4. Reading Genocide: Turkish Historiography on the Armenian Deportations and Massacres of 1915 / Fatma Muge Gocek

Part III: Narratives of Crisis 5. The Theory of Crisis and the Crisis in a Theory: Intellectual History in Twentieth-Century Middle Eastern Studies / Israel Gershoni6. The Historiography of Crisis in the Egyptian Political Economy / Ellis Goldberg

Part IV: Emerging Voices7. On Gender, History, . . . and Fiction / Marilyn Booth8. Will That Subaltern Ever Speak? Finding African Slaves in the Historiography of the Middle East / Eve M. Troutt Powell9. Muslim Religious Extremism in Egypt: A Historiographical Critique of Narratives / Juan R. I. Cole 10. Audiovisual Media and History of the Middle East / Walter Armbrust

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This collection of ten essays focuses on the way major schools and individuals have narrated histories of the Middle East. The distinguished contributors explore the historiography of economic and intellectual history, nationalism, fundamentalism, colonialism, the media, slavery, and gender. In doing so, they engage with some of the most controversial issues of the twentieth century.Middle Eastern studies today cover a rich and varied terrain, yet the study of the profession itself has been relatively neglected. There is, however, an ever-present need to examine what the research has chosen to include and exclude and to become more consciously aware of shifts in research approaches and methods. This collection illuminates the evolving state of the art and suggests new directions for further research.Middle East Historiographies has some of the best bibliographical essays that I have read. They combine argument, interpretation, and a sense of the development of many fields associated with the study of the modern Middle East. The contributors are among the very best scholars in the U.S. and Israel. The essays offer the reader an opportunity to rethink and reevaluate many central historiographical issues and move the analysis far beyond that stimulated by Edward Said?s Orientalism. - Jere Bacharach, University of Washington