3 May 2019: A new brief piece I wrote for Jadaliyya and the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) is up this week! It features thoughts on the genealogy, the commitments, and the future of “mahjar studies” as well as an introductory reading list for scholars interested in learning more about migration from the Ottoman eastern Mediterranean. It is limited to English-language historiography on the period 1870-1930, but I think it will give a great introduction to the field for students looking to engage this work.
From the article:
“Between the 1870s and the 1930s, a half million people departed the Ottoman eastern Mediterranean for points abroad. Part of a larger pattern of migration from the Ottoman Empire, numerous Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian communities established themselves before the First World War, principally in the Americas (with the largest communities in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States) but also in West Africa, Europe, and the Philippines. A growing body of scholarship documents the formation, societies, and politics of the Arabic-speaking mahjar (diaspora), working across Middle Eastern, US/Latin American, and global scales to reconstruct the dense commercial, intellectual, and affective ties which held this geography together.”
The post can be viewed in its entirety at this link: http://jadaliyya.com/Details/38580
Or on the MESPI website here: https://mespi.org/2019/05/02/essential-readings-emigration-from-the-levant-1870-1930-a-primer-in-mahjar-studies/
My thanks to Jadaliyya and the Arab Studies Institute for allowing me a platform to share thoughts on this work~!