Subalterns and Social Protest: History from Below in the Middle East and North Africa

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The articles in this collection provide an alternative view of Middle Eastern history by focusing on the oppressed and the excluded, offering a challenge to the usual elite narratives. The collection is unique in its historical depth - ranging from the medieval period to the present - and its geographical reach, including Iran, the Ottoman Empire/Turkey, the Balkans, the Arab Middle East and North Africa. The first to focus on the oppressed and the excluded, and their differing strategies of survival, of negotiation, and of protest and resistance, the book covers: both major social classes and sectors the working class the peasantry the urban poor women marginal groups such as gypsies and slaves Based on perspectives drawn from the work of the great European social historians, and particularly inspired by Antonio Gramsci, the collection seeks to restore a sense of historical agency to subaltern classes in the region, and to uncover the politics of the people ".

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
The Urban Crowd and Popular Protest
Street Violence and Social Imagination in Late Mamluk and Ottoman Damascus (c.1500-1800)
Women and Popular Protest: women's demonstrations in nineteenth-century
Poor People's Politics
Popular Protest, the Market and the State in Nineteenth- and early Twentieth-Century Egypt
Workless Revolutionaries: the unemployed movement in revolutionary Iran
Transforming the city from below: shantytown dwellers and the fight for electricity in Casablanca
Peasants and Nomads
Resisting the New State: the rural poor, land and modernity in Iran, 1921-1941
Marginals and Outcasts
Probing the Margins: Gypsies (Roma) in Ottoman Society, c.1450-1600
Emancipated Female Slaves in Algiers: marriage, property and social advancement in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
European Subalterns
"Making It" in Pre-Colonial Tunis: migration, work, and poverty in a Mediterranean port-city, c.1815-1870
Foreign Workers in Egypt 1882-1914: subalterns or labour elite?
Subalterns and National Movements
From National Heroes to National Villains: bandits, pirates and the formation of modern Greece
Seizing the Initiative, Regaining a Voice: the Palestinian al-Aqsa Intifada as a struggle of the marginalized
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