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Family History in the Middle East
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Despite the constant refrain that family is the most important social institution in Middle Eastern societies, only recently has it become the focus for rethinking the modern history of the Middle East. This book introduces exciting new findings by historians, anthropologists, and historical demographers that challenge pervasive assumptions about family made in the past. Using specific case studies based on original archival research and fieldwork, the contributors focus on the interplay between micro and macro processes of change and bridge the gap between materialist and discursive frameworks of analysis. They reveal the flexibility and dynamism of family life and show the complex juxtaposition of different rhythms of time (individual time, family time, historical time). These findings interface directly with and demonstrate the need for a critical reassessment of current debates on gender, modernity, and Islam.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Family History in the Middle East
  2. p. iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Pronounciation
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. I. Family and Household
  2. p. 21
  1. 2. Family and Household in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cairo
  2. pp. 23-50
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  1. 3. Size and Structure of Damascus Households in the Late Ottoman Period as Compared with Istanbul Households
  2. pp. 51-75
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  1. 4. From Warrior-Grandees to Domesticated Bourgeoisie: The Transformation of the Elite Egyptian Household into a Western-style Nuclear Family
  2. pp. 77-97
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  1. II: Family, Gender, and Property
  2. p. 99
  1. 5. Women’s Gold: Shifting Styles of Embodying Family Relations
  2. pp. 101-117
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  1. 6. “Al-Mahr Zaituna”: Property and Family in the Hills Facing Palestine, 1880–1940 by
  2. pp. 119-170
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  1. III: Family and the Praxis of Islamic Law
  2. p. 171
  1. 8. Adjudicating Family: The Islamic Court and Disputes between Kin in Greater Syria, 1700–1860
  2. pp. 173-200
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  1. 9. Text, Court, and Family in Late-Nineteenth-Century Palestine
  2. pp. 201-228
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  1. 10. Property, Language, and Law: Conventions of Social Discourse in Seventeenth-Century Tarablus al-Sham
  2. pp. 229-244
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  1. IV Family as a Discourse
  2. p. 245
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  1. 11. Ambiguous Modernization: The Transition to Monogamy in the Khedival House of Egypt
  2. pp. 247-270
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  1. 12. “Queen of the House?” Making Immigrant Lebanese Families in the Mahjar
  2. pp. 271-299
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-327
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 329-331
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-340
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