Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender, and the Middle Class in Lebanon, 1870-1920, by Akram Fouad Khater. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2001. xiv + 189 pages. Bibl. to p. 246. Index to p. 257. $55.00 cloth; $22.50 paper.
Reviewed by Nancy W. Jabbra
Over a third of the population of Mount Lebanon left between 1890 and 1914. Yet, as Akram Fouad Khater argues in Inventing Home, the emigrants did not simply become assimilated into the nations that received them, nor did they simply become modern former peasants and members of the middle class. Instead, the process of change in the new milieu was a dialectical one, in which the …