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Introduction

Benjamin Thomas White

in The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641871
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653287 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641871.003.0001
Introduction

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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

Chapter.  8120 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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