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Spring 2009

Spring 2009 (Vol. XVII No. 1)

From The Editors:

This latest issue of the Arab Studies Journal features scholarship that illustrates the complex processes by which various societies in the Middle East have both grappled with, and sought to control, different forms of Western or international encroachment and contact. Ranging from missionary education projects for women and depictions of male Bedouin in B... [read more]

Table of Contents


  1. Hydropolitics, Economy, and the Aswan High Dam in Mid-Century Egypt
    by Ahmad Shokr
  2. Mothers of Martyrs and Suicide Bombers: The Gender of Ethical Discourse in the Second Palestinian Intifada
    by Lori A. Allen
  3. "Under an American Roof": The Beginnings of the American Junior College for Women in Beirut
    by Ellen L. Fleischmann
  4. Desert Saints or Lions Without Teeth? British Portrayals of Bedouin Masculinity in the Nineteenth-Century Arabian Peninsula
    by Jeffery Dyer

In Memoriam: Mahmoud Darwish

  1. Guest Editorial: Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008)
    by Sinan Antoon
  2. The Poet is Dead: Elias Khoury Remembers His Friend Mahmoud Darwish
    by Elias Khoury
  3. On Decolonization
    by Jeffrey Sacks

Book Reviews

  1. So Far From Allah, So Close to Mexico: Middle Eastern Immigrants to Modern Mexico
    by Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp
    reviewed by Camila Pastor de Maria y Campos
  2. French Colonial Documentary: Mythologies of Humanitarianism
    by Peter J. Bloom
    reviewed by Joshua Schreier
  3. The Study of Religion and the Training of Muslim Clergy in Europe: Academic and Religious freedom in the 21st Century
    edited by Willem B. Drees and Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld
    reviewed by Simon Jackson
  4. Between the Lines: Readings on Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. "War on Terror,"
    edited by Tikva Honig-Parnass and Toufic Haddad
    reviewed by Hazem Jamjoum
  5. Conscience of the Nation: Writers, State, and Society in Modern Egypt
    by Richard Jacquemond, translated by David Tresilian
    reviewed by Yasmine Ramadan
  6. Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects
    edited by Amaney Jamal and Nadine Naber
    reviewed by Amy Aisen Elouafi
  7. Overcoming Zionism: Creating A Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
    by Joel Kovel
    reviewed by Ryvka Bar Zohar
  8. Governing Property, Making the Modern State: Law, Administration and Production in Ottoman Syria
    by Martha Mundy and Richard Saumarez Smith
    reviewed by Nora Barakat
  9. Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice
    by Roger Normand and Sarah Zaidi
    reviewed by Samar Al-Bulushi
  10. The Great Social Laboratory: Subjects of Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Egypt
    by Omnia El Shakry
    reviewed by Lisa Pollard
  11. Sufi Visionary of Ottoman Damascus: ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, 1641-1731
    by Elizabeth Sirriyeh
    reviewed by Steve Tamari

Review Essay

  1. Acting and Playing: Performance in the Modern Middle East
    by Carmen M. K. Gitre

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