Arab Studies Journal

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Fall

A History of the Alawis: From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic
A HISTORY OF THE ALAWIS: FROM MEDIEVAL ALEPPO TO THE TURKISH REPUBLIC Stefan Winter Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016 (xvi + 307 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $85.00 (cloth)Reviewed by Charles WilkinsMany see the violence...
Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda
ARABIC THOUGHT BEYOND THE LIBERAL AGE: TOWARDS AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF THE NAHDA Edited by Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016 (xxiii + 437 pages, bibliography, index) $120.00 (cloth)Reviewed by Nader AtassiMore...
Arab Self-Criticism after 1967 Revisited: The Normative Turn in Marxist Thought and Its Heuristic Fallacies
In the aftermath of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, many Arab intellectuals engaged in a new wave of social criticism. Such a dynamic was particularly intense among Arab leftist intellectuals, who publicly critiqued what they viewed as a variety of shortcomings...
Editor's Note
In this issue, we are proud to feature a series of groundbreaking interventions. Ifdal Elsaket explores anti-Blackness in Egypt through the genre of "jungle films." She lays bare the racial and imperial fantasies that informed these films' popularity....
Excavating Origins, Assessing Development: The Evolution of Middle East Studies and Its Scholars
EXCAVATING ORIGINS, ASSESSING DEVELOPMENT: THE EVOLUTION OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES AND ITS SCHOLARS ANTHROPOLOGY'S POLITICS: DISCIPLINING THE MIDDLE EAST Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015 (ix + 183 pages, appendices,...
Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different
FRANTZ FANON AND THE FUTURE OF CULTURAL POLITICS: FINDING SOMETHING DIFFERENT Anthony C. Alessandrini Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014 (x + 293 pages, bibliography, index) $105.00 (cloth) $49.99 (paper and e-book)Reviewed by Sophia AzebAnthony Alessandrini's...
Jungle Films in Egypt: Race, Anti-Blackness, and Empire
You, O Egyptians, are the whiteness of the eye, and we are its Blackness, and sight cannot be complete without whiteness.-Naduja (1944)1The scene could be from any of hundreds of jungle films. Safari-suited swashbucklers stumble across an "African" community....
Keepers of the Golden Shore: A History of the United Arab Emirates
KEEPERS OF THE GOLDEN SHORE: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Michael Quentin Morton London: Reaktion Books, 2016 (240 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $39.00 (cloth)Reviewed by Kristi N. BarnwellToday, approximately eight percent...
Spiritual Capital and the Copy: Painting, Photography, and the Production of the Image in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine
To speak of a unified art world in late nineteenth- and early twentiethcentury Palestine would be to artificially consolidate a diverse group of artistic agents, with little direct interaction, working across a broad set of media. Euro-American travel...
Surveillance and Control in Israel/palestine: Population, Territory, and Power
SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE: POPULATION, TERRITORY, AND POWER Elia Zureik, David Lyon, and Yasmeen Abu-Laban, eds. London: Routledge, 2011 (xxii + 392 pages, index, 21 B/W illustrations) $54.95 (paper)Reviewed by Charles AndersonSurveillance...
The Arab City: Architecture and Representation
THE ARAB CITY: ARCHITECTURE AND REPRESENTATION Edited by Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016 (272 pages, contributors) $39.00 (cloth)Reviewed by Deen SharpThe Arab City: Architecture and Representation...
The Inequality Puzzle in Egypt: What Do We Really Know?
The World Bank introduced its 2015 publication Inequality, Uprisings, and Conflict in the Arab World with the suggestion that the Middle East and North Africa represent a puzzle.1 In comparison with other regions, the Middle East achieved remarkable...
The Kurds of Syria
THE KURDS OF SYRIAOUT OF NOWHERE: THE KURDS OF SYRIA IN PEACE AND WAR Michael M. Gunter London: C. Hurst and Co., 2014 (176 pages, bibliography, index) £35.00 (cloth)THE KURDS OF SYRIA: POLITICAL PARTIES AND IDENTITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST Harriet Allsopp...
Trapped Escape: Young Palestinian Women and the Israeli National-Civic Service
Rima is a young Palestinian woman who lives in occupied Palestine/Israel and serves in the Israeli national-civic service.3 Her experiences shed light on the contingencies and complexities of being a Palestinian, and particularly a Palestinian woman,...
Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East
VIOLENCE AND THE CITY IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST Edited by Nelida Fuccaro Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016 (xvi + 294 pages, notes, index) $22.63 (paper)Reviewed by Nicholas Simcik AreseIn Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East, Nora...
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