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Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908- 1925 is published  with Oxford University Press (2019). A social history of transnational activism in the Syrian and Lebanese diaspora from the 1908 Young Turk Revolution through the early French Mandate, the book vividly illustrates the precarious position Syrians and Lebanese found themselves in as they occupied a fraught liminal space in Ottoman, French, and American law, while also stressing the agency of mahjari activists who organized, petitioned, and engaged in contentious debates over what a post-Ottoman Middle East should look like.

Awarded the 2019 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies

Awarded the 2019 Syrian Studies Association Book Prize

Read more on the OUP website here.

Recent reviews and press:

“The mahjar, in Fahrenthold’s framing, was neither an appendage of the
homeland nor peripheral. Rather, the space of the mahjar and its constituents were key historical forces that shaped development of politics, culture, and institutions that emerged within the post-Ottoman space. Syrians and Lebanese in the mahjar were at once engaged in the politics of their homelands and the countries where they settled.” –Global Change, Peace & Security

“Written in the midst of the horrific Syrian refugee crisis as well as a rising tide of xenophobia and trenchant nationalism around the globe, Fahrenthold’s exploration of migration, citizenship, repatriation, and an early American ‘Muslim ban’ invite the reader to reflect on both past and present.” –NBN Middle East Studies

“The book opens up new avenues for researching political history of the Middle East. We are challenged to think about how migration impacts the politics of Syria and perhaps gives us historical perspective on what the current Syrian refugee crisis might mean.” –The New Arab/al-Araby al-Jadid

Recently featured on Ottoman History Podcast, Jadaliyya, and New Books Network Middle East Studies.

Recent Articles

Original Work in Digital Outlets

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Entries in Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals, and Belligerents during the First World War (2016).
“An Arab American Intelligence Officer.”
“An Arab American soldier writes home.”

Book Reviews

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Review of The War with the Ottoman Empire, by Jeffrey Grey. International Journal of Turkish Studies (2017).

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Review of Crescent Over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA, edited by María Narbona, Paulo Pinto, and John Karam. Journal of American Ethnic History (2017).

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Review of Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East, by Dawn Chatty, in the Syrian Studies Association Bulletin (2011).

Other Publications

Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals, and Belligerents during the First World War Sourcebook, King’s College London/Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), November 2016.

“The Syrian and Lebanese American Federation: a Case for Connection.” In Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East, edited by Robert Myers, 273-288. Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, 2011.

“Mother Syria and Syrian Motherhood: Imagining Mahjar Nationality between Ideal and Real.” Zaytoon Graduate Student Journal 1 (Spring 2009), 5-16.

Ph.D. Dissertation

Making Nations, in the Mahjar: Syrian and Lebanese Long-Distance Nationalisms in New York City, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires, 1913–1929. Northeastern, 2014.

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