New article published: “Transnational Modes and Media” on the Syrian Diaspora and its Press in WWI in Mashriq & Mahjar

28 February 2013: my first peer-reviewed article has appeared in the journal, Mashriq and Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies. The publication is a new journal put out quarterly by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the History Department at North Carolina State University. The article, titled “Transnational Modes and Media: The Syrian Press in the Mahjar and Emigrant Activism during World War I,” argues that the Syrian and Lebanese periodical press in the American mahjar created new space for transnational political activism. The article can be viewed open access on the M&M website here.

Abstract: “This article argues that during World War I, the Syrian and Lebanese periodical press in the American mahjar created new space for transnational political activism. In São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and New York City, diasporic journalists and political activists nurtured a new nationalist narrative and political culture in the press. In a public sphere linking mahjar to mashriq, what began with discussions about Ottoman political reform transformed into nationalist debate during the war. Intellectuals constructed and defined the “Syrian” and “Lebanese” national communities in the diaspora’s newspapers, but the press also played an important practical role in promoting and shaping patterns of charity, remittances, and political activism towards the homeland. Using materials from this press, the article concludes that the newspaper industry’s infrastructure enabled new patterns of political activism across the mahjar, but also channeled Syrian efforts into a complex alliance with France by the eve of the Mandate.”

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