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‘Abd Al-rahman Shahbandar

Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

in Transformed Landscapes

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.003.0003
‘Abd Al-rahman Shahbandar

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Historians in the past have largely abandoned the study of Syrian political elites for the study of peasants and workers, women and minorities, and new institutions and mentalities. They wanted to examine Syrian society from the bottom up, although their sources often limited them to the middle rungs. Shahbandar and Khalidi have much in common even though they grew up a generation apart. They obtained modern, secular educations in western institutions, Shahbandar at the Syrian Protestant College (renamed the American University of Beirut, or AUB, in 1920) and Khalidi at the University of London. They spent much of their careers trying to explain the hopes and aspirations of their people, and the poor cards they had been dealt, to western elites. Both had strong connections to the west, and both were roundly criticized at different times in their careers for that very reason.

Keywords: peasants; political elites; Shabandar; Khalidi; western elites

Chapter.  12085 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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