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SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East


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This series features the latest disciplinary approaches to Middle Eastern Studies. It covers the Social Sciences and the Humanities in both the pre-modern and modern periods of the region. While primarily interested in publishing single-authored studies, the series is also open to edited volumes on innovative topics, as well as textbooks and reference works.

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Greeks in Turkey Elite Nationalism and Minority Politics in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Istanbul

Greeks in Turkey: Elite Nationalism and Minority Politics in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Istanbul

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Dimitris Kamouzis
December 30, 2020

This book provides a solid and critical historical examination of the endorsement, development and course of Greek nationalism among the lay/clerical leadership of the Greek Orthodox minority of Istanbul during the last phase of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the first years of the newly...

Modernization in the Late Ottoman Era

Modernization in the Late Ottoman Era: "Periphery" in the Heartlands

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Fatma Melek Arıkan
December 04, 2020

This volume is a local history, focusing on experiences of people and communities as they navigated and enacted institutions and transformations associated with modernization in the late Ottoman era. Focusing on the local political arena of a relatively small, predominantly rural and ordinary ...

The Ottoman Empire in the Tanzimat Era Provincial Perspectives from Ankara to Edirne

The Ottoman Empire in the Tanzimat Era: Provincial Perspectives from Ankara to Edirne

1st Edition

Yonca Köksal
February 05, 2019

The Ottoman Empire in the Tanzimat Era generates a new history of the Ottoman Empire’s Tanzimat reforms in the provinces of Edirne and Ankara. It studies variation across the two provinces and the crucial role of local intermediaries such as notables, tribal leaders, and merchants. The book ...

A Provincial History of the Ottoman Empire Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Nineteenth Century

A Provincial History of the Ottoman Empire: Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Marc Aymes
December 08, 2017

Provincializing the history of the Ottoman Empire, this book provides a critical approach to the projects of ‘modernity’ that took place in the Eastern Mediterranean over the past two centuries. Leaving their mark on this period are; the turmoil of insurgency in Greece and Egypt, a growing ...

Intellectuals and Reform in the Ottoman Empire The Young Turks on the Challenges of Modernity

Intellectuals and Reform in the Ottoman Empire: The Young Turks on the Challenges of Modernity

1st Edition

Stefano Taglia
December 04, 2017

This book uncovers Young Turk political and social ideas at the end of the nineteenth century, during the intellectual phase of the movement. Analysing the life in exile of two of the most charismatic leaders of the Young Turk movement, Ahmed Rıza and Mehmet Sabahattin, the book unravels ...

The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt Hybridity, Law and Gender

The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law and Gender

1st Edition

Elizabeth H Shlala
August 02, 2017

Law and identification transgressed political boundaries in the nineteenth-century Levant. Over the course of the century, Italo-Levantines- elite and common- exercised a strategy of resilient hybridity whereby an unintentional form of legal imperialism took root in Egypt.   This book contributes ...

Islam and the Politics of Secularism The Caliphate and Middle Eastern Modernization in the Early 20th Century

Islam and the Politics of Secularism: The Caliphate and Middle Eastern Modernization in the Early 20th Century

1st Edition

Nurullah Ardic
June 16, 2017

This book examines the process of secularization in the Middle East in the late 19th and early 20th century through an analysis of the transformation and abolition of Islamic Caliphate. Focusing on debates in both the center of the Caliphate and its periphery, the author argues that the ...

Urban Governance Under the Ottomans Between Cosmopolitanism and Conflict

Urban Governance Under the Ottomans: Between Cosmopolitanism and Conflict

1st Edition

Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi
June 16, 2017

Urban Governance Under the Ottomans focuses on one of the most pressing topics in this field, namely the question why cities formerly known for their multiethnic and multi- religious composition became increasingly marked by conflict in the 19th century. This collection of essays represents the ...

Orthodox Christians in the Late Ottoman Empire A Study of Communal Relations in Anatolia

Orthodox Christians in the Late Ottoman Empire: A Study of Communal Relations in Anatolia

1st Edition

Ayse Ozil
May 31, 2017

Orthodox Christians, as well as other non-Muslims of the Ottoman Empire, have long been treated as insular and homogenous entities, distinctly different and separate from the rest of the Ottoman world. Despite this view prevailing in mainstream historiography, some scholars have suggested recently ...

State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945

State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945

1st Edition

Benjamin C. Fortna, Stefanos Katsikas, Dimitris Kamouzis, Paraskevas Konortas
May 31, 2017

Tracing the emergence of minorities and their institutions from the late nineteenth century to the eve of the Second World War, this book provides a comparative study of government policies and ideologies of two states towards minority populations living within their borders. Making extensive use ...

Dismantling the Ottoman Empire Britain, America and the Armenian question

Dismantling the Ottoman Empire: Britain, America and the Armenian question

1st Edition

Nevzat Uyanık
May 25, 2017

Prior to World War I, American involvement in Armenian affairs was limited to missionary and educational interests. This was contrary to Britain, which had played a key role in the diplomatic arena since the Treaty of Berlin in 1878, when the Armenian question had become a subject of great power ...

The Making of the Arab Intellectual Empire, Public Sphere and the Colonial Coordinates of Selfhood

The Making of the Arab Intellectual: Empire, Public Sphere and the Colonial Coordinates of Selfhood

1st Edition

Dyala Hamzah
May 24, 2017

In the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s nineteenth-century reforms, as guilds waned and new professions emerged, the scholarly ‘estate’ underwent social differentiation. Some found employment in the state’s new institutions as translators, teachers and editors, whilst others resisted civil servant ...

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