History as a Discursive Process; the case of the middle-eastern narrative.

Sophie Spencer


Pushing back against James Gelvin's linear progression towards modernity that he charts in his history of the middle east, Spencer's use of Michelle Campos' Ottoman Brothers (2015) and Daniel Monterescu's Jaffa Shared and Shattered: Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine (2010) shows readers alternative representations of history; one that is informed by systems of emergent processes and contingent historical actors. The writer advocates for a history that is sensitive to intracommunal complexities and the agency of historical actors.


History; Narrative; Borders; Statehood

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Campos, Michelle. 2010. Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Gelvin, James. 2008. The Modern Middle East: A History. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Monterescu, Daniel. 2015. Jaffa Shared and Shattered: Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


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