Synopses & Reviews
In this groundbreaking book, Ilham Khuri-Makdisi establishes the existence of a special radical trajectory spanning four continents and linking Beirut, Cairo, and Alexandria between 1860 and 1914. She shows that socialist and anarchist ideas were regularly discussed, disseminated, and reworked among intellectuals, workers, dramatists, Egyptians, Ottoman Syrians, ethnic Italians, Greeks, and many others in these cities. In situating the Middle East within the context of world history, Khuri-Makdisi challenges nationalist and elite narratives of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern history as well as Eurocentric ideas about global radical movements. The book demonstrates that these radical trajectories played a fundamental role in shaping societies throughout the world and offers a powerful rethinking of Ottoman intellectual and social history.
and#8220;A dazzling array of published and archival sources in Arabic, Ottoman, Italian, French, and English.and#8221;
and#8220;Effectively disputes tired and old paradigms. . . . An essential contribution to the literature of the origins of left-wing radicalism.and#8221;
and#147;The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism is the perfect antidote to the deterministic histories that have for so long obscured how the Middle East came to modernity. Khuri-Makdisi rightly argues that it was both more complex and more open to the outside influences than either nationalist historians (who see only the state) or the partisans of the new orientalism (who see only Islam) have been willing to admit. This book has been badly needed for some time.and#8221;and#151;Edmund Burke III, co-editor of The Environment and World History
About the Author
Ilham Khuri-Makdisi is Assistant Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Northeastern University.
Table of Contents
1. The Late Nineteenth-century World and the Emergence of a Global Radical Culture
2. The Nah.a, the Press, and the Construction and Dissemination of a Radical Worldview
3. Theater and Radical Politics in Beirut, Cairo, and Alexandria 1860and#150;1914
4. The Construction of Two Radical Networks in Beirut and Alexandria
5. Workers, Labor Unrest, and the Formulation and Dissemination of Radical Leftist Ideas
Conclusion: Deprovincializing the Eastern Mediterranean