November 12, 2019: big news this week! Between the Ottomans and Entente has won the 2019 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies! Give by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at NC State, the Khayrallah Prize recognizes outstanding scholarly studies focusing on Middle East migration and diasporas.
I am absolutely elated to learn that my book had been honored in this way. The Khayrallah Center has been foundational in giving Middle Eastern migration studies a home, and it is an privilege to be recognized by colleagues working to deepen our understandings of how migration and refugee systems continue to make/remake the region. My thanks go to the selection committee for their engagement with this work. To the rest of the mahjar studies field: thank you and I look forward to our next conversations.
From the selection committee (full text viewable HERE):
“Stacy Fahrenthold’s Between the Ottomans and the Entente is a tour-de-force of transnational history. Written in a fluent, clear, humane style, it recounts in gripping, analytically penetrating fashion the shifting responses of Syro-Lebanese migrants living in the Americas to the tumultuous events and rapidly changing circumstances of the early twentieth-century Eastern Mediterranean, from the Ottoman constitutional revolution of July 1908 to the Ottoman entry into the First World War in November 1914 and the declaration of a French mandate over Syria in 1920. Drawing on a wide range of sources in Arabic, French, Spanish and English – from periodicals and private correspondence to criminal investigations and diplomatic exchanges – it moves nimbly between the United States, Latin America and the Middle East, and between social and political history, reconstructing in turn the doings of a group of Syrian and Lebanese migrants who lobbied for an American mandate over their native land and the activities of people smugglers. In short, this is a signal achievement – a piece of painstaking scholarship which offers much fresh insight and food for thought to scholars of the Middle East, migration, Arab diasporas, the First World War, and America in the world.”