Laura Robson Edits Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives
Author: Syracuse University Press | Department of History
Posted: May 2, 2016


“Over the past century and a half, numerous Middle Eastern Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities have experienced marginalization, violence, and ultimately displacement. These conflicts have led many to the mistaken conclusion that an endemic, immutable religious intolerance plagues the region. By contextualizing a selection of local experiences, the essays included in this book offer an important corrective.”

Joshua Schreier, associate professor of history, Vassar College

In the wake of recent upheavals across the Arab world, a simplistic media portrayal of the region as essentially homogenous has given way to a new though equally shallow portrayal, casting it as deeply divided along ethnic, linguistic, and religious lines. The essays gathered in Minorities and the Modern Arab World seek to challenge this representation with a nuanced exploration of the ways in which ethnic, religious, and linguistic commitments have intersected to create “minority” communities in the modern era.

Bringing together the fields of history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and linguistics, contributors provide fresh analyses of the construction and evolution of minority identities around the region. They examine how the category of “minority” became meaningful only with the rise of the modern nation-state and find that Middle Eastern minority nationalisms owe much of their modern self-definition to developments within diaspora populations and other transnational frameworks.

The first volume to upend the conceptual frame of reference for studying Middle Eastern minority communities in nearly two decades, Minorities and the Modern Arab World represents a major intervention in modern Middle East studies.



Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives Laura Robson (Editor)

Cloth / Paper: 296 pages
Publisher: Syracuse University Press (May 2016)
Cloth ISBN-13978-0-8156-3452-2 
Paper ISBN-13978-0-8156-3433-1
Ebook: 978-0-8156-5355-4
Dimensions: 6x9 inches