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Histories of the Modern Middle East: New Directions

Israel Gershoni, Hakan Erdem, and Ursula Wokock, editors
Histories of the Modern Middle East: New Directions
ISBN: 978-1-588260-49-9
2002/336 pages/LC: 2002017815

"A fascinating collection of essays ... with an obvious appeal for a broad range of historians of the Middle East.... There is little doubt that this contribution does ‘open new doors and offer fresh insights to our understanding of the history of the modern Middle East'." —Ali M. Ansari, Mediterranean Politics

"Fascinating and unique studies.... This collection adds new, significant, and refreshing dimensions to the historiography of the Middle East." —Choice


Reflecting cutting-edge scholarship and covering more than two centuries of change, this seminal collection represents key trends in the historiography of the modern Middle East.

The authors each combine a methodological theme with concrete, original research, relating theoretical issues to the actual writing of history. Their topics range from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to globalization, from well-established historical figures to new actors, from the elite to broader strata of society.

Applying new kinds of methodology—showing new ways of "doing history"—the book serves as a singular guide to current developments in the field.


Israel Gershoni is professor of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University. His publications include Egypt, Islam and the Arabs: The Search for Egyptian Nationhood, 1900-1930 and Redefining the Egyptian Nation, 1930-1945 (both coauthored with James Jankowski) and The Nile: Histories, Cultures, Myths (coedited with Haggai Erlich). Hakan Erdem is professor of history at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He is author of Slavery and Its Demise in the Ottoman Empire. Ursula Wokoeck teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.


  • Doing History: Modern Middle Eastern Studies Today—I. Gershoni and U. Wokoeck.
  • The Great Ottoman Debasement, 1808-1844: A Political Economy Framework—S. Pamuk.
  • A Prelude to Ottoman Reform: Ibn ‘Abidin on Custom and Legal Change—W.B. Hallaq.
  • The Damascus Affair and the Beginnings of France's Empire in the Middle East—M.C. Wilson.
  • The Gender of Modernity: Reflections from Iranian Historiography—A. Najmabadi.
  • From Liberalism to Liberal Imperialism: Lord Cromer and the First Wave of Globalization in Egypt—R. Owen.
  • Late Capitalism and the Reformation of the Working Classes in the Middle East—J. Beinin.
  • Exploring the Field: Lost Voices and Emerging Practices in Egypt, 1882-1914—Z. Lockman.
  • Slaves or Siblings?: Abdallah al-Nadim's Dialogues About the Family—E.M. Troutt Powell.
  • Shaikh al-Ra'is and Sultan Abdülhamid II: The Iranian Dimension of Pan-Islam—J.R.I. Cole.
  • CONSTRUCTING IDENTITIES, DEFINING NATIONS. Recruitment for the "Victorious Soldiers of Muhammad" in the Arab Provinces, 1826-1828—H. Erdem.
  • The Politics of History and Memory: A Multidimensional Analysis of the Lausanne Peace Conference, 1922-1923—F.M. Göçek.
  • Arab Society in Mandatory Palestine: The Half-Full Glass?—R. Khalidi.
  • Manly Men on a National Stage (and the Women Who Make Them Stars)—W. Armbrust.
  • The Return of Concrete?—I. Gershoni and U. Wokoeck.