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Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon

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French rule in Syria and Lebanon coincided with the rise of colonial resistance around the world and with profound social trauma after World War I. In this tightly argued study, Elizabeth Thompson shows how Syrians and Lebanese mobilized, like other colonized peoples, to claim the terms of citizenship enjoyed in the European metropole. The negotiations between the French a ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 24th 1999 by Columbia University Press (first published December 1999)
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Katie
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
An important, groundbreaking work, and Thompson should be congratulated for tackling such a loaded topic and in Arabic too(!) I could have used a little more gender and a lot less politicking, but I suppose that's the nature of the beast. Her point was well taken, however, that the matter of gender relations, particularly the power hierarchy existing therein, was always the source and endpoint of both cultural and political power struggles. Her argument that the colonial experience exacerbated a ...more
Justin Michael James Dell
This book breaks down the division between the categories of “colonizer” and “colonized” in the French Mandates of Syria and Lebanon. In its place, Thompson emphasizes the fluidity of the relationship between all numbers of colonial and colonized classes, sects, genders and subalterns in the vortex of what she terms the "civic order" – the discursive “space” in which various factions of the colonized and the colonizer renegotiated their positions, rights, and responsibilities. Colonization was n ...more
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Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Superb history of Syria and Lebanon. Thompson explains how the French occupying force denied self-determination after WWI and used alliances with male religious elites to cement control over the mandates of Syria and Lebanon. Three protest movements coalesced in the form of women's rights, socialist and communist laborers, and Salafist Islamists (a populist group, compared to the conservative elites allied with the French). Thompson shows how gender permeated the colonial regimes. Women had trou ...more
Brandy
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This one was loaned to me by a friend who studies women's history. It did not disappoint.

Although I have done a bit of reading on colonialism, it's mostly been British and also not really 20th century mandates and things. And I do very little work on gender or paternalism or anything like that. But, I am very interested in the interwar years, and in the context of what's currently happening in Syria. So yeah, it took me some time, but I read it. Though I probably should have prepped with some g
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morning Os
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant work. I am considering this as a good model for my dissertation now.
Andrea
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written by my advisor at uva. it hurts to say it but the book is really awesome.
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Elizabeth F. Thompson is a professor of history at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East (Harvard, 2013), which profiles a dozen political movements against tyranny and inequality in the Middle East since 1839, culminating in the Arab uprisings of 2011. Her first book, Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights ...more

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