Middle East Historiographies

Narrating the Twentieth Century

Edited by Israel Gershoni, Amy Singer, and Y. Hakan Erdem

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  • Published: 2006
  • Subject Listing: Middle East Studies; History
  • Bibliographic information: 320 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

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.
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. Antony's College, Oxford) , Marilyn Booth (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona, Tucson), Juan R. I. Cole (University of Michigan), Fatma Muge Gocek (University of Michigan), Ellis Goldberg (University of Washington), R. Stephen Humphreys (University of California, Santa Barbara), Eve M. Troutt Powell (University of Pennsylvania), and Charles D. Smith (University of Arizona).

"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
Part I: The State of the Art
Introduction / Israel Gershoni and Amy Singer
1. The Historiography of the Modern Middle East: Transforming a Field of Study / R. Stephen Humphreys

Part II: Colonialism and Nationalism
2. The Historiography of World War I and the Emergence of the Contemporary Middle East / Charles D. Smith
3. Twentieth-Century Historians and Historiography of the Middle East: Women, Gender, and Empire / Julia Clancy-Smith
4. 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 Gershoni
6. The Historiography of Crisis in the Egyptian Political Economy / Ellis Goldberg

Part IV: Emerging Voices
7. On Gender, History, . . . and Fiction / Marilyn Booth
8. Will That Subaltern Ever Speak? Finding African Slaves in the Historiography of the Middle East / Eve M. Troutt Powell
9. 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


"The editors have assembled a valuable range of insightful and well-informed views of crucial themes in the contemporary historiography of the Middle East and North Africa."
-International Journal of Middle East Studies 41 (2009)

"In addition to traditional topics such as colonialism, nationalism, religion, and intellectual history, [these] essays cover less examined subjects such as On Gender, History, .. and Fiction, Will That Subaltern Ever Speak? Finding African Slaves in the Historiography of the Middle East, and Audiovisual Media and History of the Arab Middle East. This is an excellent, timely work of scholarship, indispensable for any serious student of the contemporary Middle East. ."