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Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies #23: Nationalism & the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History

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This book explores the transition from oral to written history now taking place in tribal Jordan, a transition that reveals the many ways in which modernity, literate historicity, and national identity are developing in the contemporary Middle East. As traditional Bedouin storytellers and literate historians lead him through a world of hidden documents, contested photographs, and meticulously reconstructed pedigrees, Andrew Shryock describes how he becomes enmeshed in historical debates, ranging from the local to the national level.

The world the Bedouin inhabit is rich in oral tradition and historical argument, in subtle reflections on the nature of truth and its relationship to poetics, textuality, and power. Skillfully blending anthropology and history, Shryock discusses the substance of tribal history through the eyes of its creators—those who sustain an older tradition of authoritative oral history and those who have experimented with the first written accounts. His focus throughout is on the development of a "genealogical nationalism" as well as on the tensions that arise between tribe and state.

Rich in both personal revelation and cultural implications, this book poses a provocative challenge to traditional assumptions about the way history is written.

Synopsis:

"Shryock's argument is as important for the understanding of historiography and national identity in the contemporary Middle East as was Benedict Anderson's discussion of 'print capitalism' for the emergence of national identities in early modern Europe."—Dale Eickelman, author of Knowledge and Power in Morocco

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-351) and index.

About the Author

Andrew Shryock is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520201019
Author:
Shryock, Andrew
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Bedouins
Subject:
Jordan
Subject:
Near and middle eastern
Subject:
Oral tradition
Subject:
Oral tradition -- Jordan.
Subject:
Tradiciâon oral
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Beduinos
Subject:
Jordania
Subject:
Bedouins -- Jordan.
Subject:
Jordan Genealogy.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies
Series Volume:
R 99 =23
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
363
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 18 oz

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Middle East » Jordan
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"Shryock's argument is as important for the understanding of historiography and national identity in the contemporary Middle East as was Benedict Anderson's discussion of 'print capitalism' for the emergence of national identities in early modern Europe."—Dale Eickelman, author of Knowledge and Power in Morocco
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