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The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle EastThe Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria$
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Benjamin Thomas White

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641871

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641871.001.0001

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The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East

Benjamin Thomas White

Edinburgh University Press

This book aims to refine the understanding of the politics in community in Syria under the mandate. It explains why and when certain groups within Syria, which is a nation-state in formation, came to be described, by insiders and outsiders as ‘minorities’ and what that meant. By the same token, the book also traces the emergence of the concept of ‘majority’ in the country. Using French-mandate Syria as a case study, it aims to trace the emergence of these categories and understand the historical context that made them meaningful. The book is divided into three parts: Part I (Chapters 1 and 2) provides a general argument on French-mandate Syria; Part II (Chapters 3 and 4) and Part III (Chapters 5 and 6) offer specific case studies that illustrate the arguments presented in Chapters 1 and 2.

Keywords:   Syria, nation-state, minorities, majority, French mandate

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