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Title Struggle and survival in the modern Middle East / edited by Edmund Burke III.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1993.

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Subject Middle East -- Biography.
Alt Name Burke, Edmund, III, 1940-
Description 1 online resource (xi, 400 pages) : illustrations, map
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Until now, we have known very little of the lives of ordinary Middle Eastern men and women, despite extensive research on the modern Middle East. With this collection of essays, the life stories of peasants, villagers, pastoralists, and urbanites can finally be heard--no more will our view of the Middle East be seen only over the shoulders of the elite. These twenty-four biographies are drawn from the entire Middle East--from Morocco to Afghanistan--and provide vantage points from which to understand modern Middle Eastern history "from the bottom up." Spanning the past 150 years and reflecting important transformations, the stories challenge elite-centered accounts of what has occurred in the Middle East and illuminate hidden corners of a largely unrecorded world. The essays, divided chronologically, provide a comprehensive framework for those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern social history. "Pre-Colonial Lives" covers the period from 1850 until World War I, "Colonial Lives" chronicles the beginning of European rule, and "Contemporary Lives" relates the massive changes of the postwar era. Through them, we see how specific ecologies, ways of life, ethnic, class and gender situations can shape individual human action.
Contents Middle Eastern societies and ordinary people's lives / Edmund Burke, III -- Assaf : a peasant of Mount Lebanon / Akram F. Khater and Antoine F. Khater -- Yishaq Ben Ya'is Halewi : a Moroccan reformer / Daniel Schroeter -- Shemsigul : a Circassian slave in mid-nineteenth-century Cairo / Ehud R. Toledano -- Journeymen textile weavers in nineteenth-century Damascus : a collective biography / Sherry Vatter -- Ahmad : a Kuwaiti pearl diver / Nels Johnson -- Mohand N'Hamoucha : Middle Atlas Berber / Edmund Burke, III -- Ramadan al-Suwayhli : hero of the Libyan resistance / Lisa Anderson -- Bibi Maryam : a Bakhtiyari tribal woman / Julie Oehler -- The shaykh and his daughter : coping in colonial Algeria / Julia Clancy-Smith -- Izz al-Din al-Qassam : preacher and mujahid / Abdullah Schleifer -- Abu Ali al-Kilawi : a Damascus qabaday / Philip S. Khoury.
M'hamed Ali : Tunisian labor organizer / Eqbal Ahmad and Stuart Schaar -- Muhammad El Merid : the man who became qaid / David Seddon -- Hagob Hagobian : an Armenian truck driver in Iran / David N. Yaghoubian -- Naji : an Iraqi country doctor / Sami Zubaida -- Muhammad Ameur : a Tunisian comrade / Kenneth Brown -- Migdim : Egyptian Bedouin matriarch / Lila Abu-Lughod -- Amir Agha : an Iranian worker / Fakhreddin Azimi -- Rostam : Qashqa'i rebel / Lois Beck -- An Iranian village boyhood / Mehdi Abedi and Michael M.J. Fischer -- Gulab : an Afghan schoolteacher / Ashraf Ghani -- Sumaya : a Lebanese housemaid / Leila Fawaz -- Abu Jamal : A Palestinian urban villager / Joost Hiltermann -- Haddou : a Moroccan migrant worker / David McMurray.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585114552 (electronic bk.)
9780585114552 (electronic bk.)
0520075668 (alk. paper)
0520079884 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 44964908
Additional Format Print version: Struggle and survival in the modern Middle East. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1993 0520075668 (DLC) 91045869 (OCoLC)25025178
Table of Contents
 1Middle Eastern Societies and Ordinary People's Lives / Edmund Burke, III1
Pt. 1Precolonial Lives29
 2Assaf: A Peasant of Mount Lebanon / Akram F. Khater, Antoine F. Khater31
 3Yishaq Ben Ya'is Halewi: A Moroccan Reformer / Daniel Schroeter44
 4Shemsigul: A Circassian Slave in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cairo / Ehud R. Toledano59
 5Journeymen Textile Weavers in Nineteenth-Century Damascus; A Collective Biography / Sherry Vatter75
 6Ahmad: A Kuwaiti Pearl Diver / Nels Johnson91
 7Mohand N'Hamoucha: Middle Atlas Berber / Edmund Burke, III100
 8Ramadan al-Suwayhli: Hero of the Libyan Resistance / Lisa Anderson114
 9Bibi Maryam: A Bakhtiyari Tribal Woman / Julie Oehler129
Pt. 2Colonial Lives143
 10The Shaykh and His Daughter: Coping in Colonial Algeria / Julia Clancy-Smith145
 11Izz al-Din al-Qassam: Preacher and Mujahid / Abdullah Schleifer164
 12Abu Ali al-Kilawi: A Damascus Qabaday / Philip S. Khoury179
 13M'hamed Ali: Tunisian Labor Organizer / Eqbal Ahmad, Stuart Schaar191
 14Muhammad El Merid: The Man Who Became Qaid / David Seddon211
 15Hagob Hagobian: An Armenian Truck Driver in Iran / David N. Yaghoubian224
 16Naji: An Iraqi Country Doctor / Sami Zubaida234
 17Muhammad Ameur: A Tunisian Comrade / Kenneth Brown251
Pt. 3Contemporary Lives269
 18Migdim: Egyptian Bedouin Matriarch / Lila Abu-Lughod271
 19Amir Agha: An Iranian Worker / Fakhreddin Azimi290
 20Rostam: Qashqa'i Rebel / Lois Beck305
 21An Iranian Village Boyhood / Mehdi Abedi, Michael M.J. Fischer320
 22Gulab: An Afghan Schoolteacher / Ashraf Ghani336
 23Sumaya: A Lebanese Housemaid / Leila Fauz352
 24Abu Jamal: A Palestinian Urban Villager / Joost Hiltermann364
 25Haddou: A Moroccan Migrant Worker / David McMurray377
 List of Contributors399

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