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The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East
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The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria

Benjamin Thomas White


Why, in the years around 1920, did the concept of ‘minority’ suddenly spring to prominence in public affairs worldwide? Within a decade of World War One, the term became fundamental to public and academic understandings of national and international politics, law and society: ‘minorities’, and ‘majorities’ with them, were taken to be an objective reality, both in the present and the past. This book uses a study of Syria under the French mandate to show what historical developments led people to start describing themselves and others as ‘minorities’. Despite French attempts to create territoria ... More

Keywords: minority, public affairs, majorities, French mandate, Syria, nation-state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641871
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Thomas White, author