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(Auto)-Mobility in the Global Middle East (Part 2)

[Traffic in Downtown Cairo. Image by David Evers/Wikipedia]

A workshop was held at the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Birmingham (UK) on Friday 6 November 2015, on the theme "(Auto)-Mobility in the Global Middle East." The workshop surveyed the state of this emerging field of study and sketched future directions, in anticipation of a major conference, gathering original research, to be held in June 2016 in Birmingham. The Call for Papers for the June conference can be found here. What ...

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(Auto)-Mobility in the Global Middle East (Part 1)

[The Stunt Biker by Walid Rashid. Copyright by permission of photographer,]

They believe, O Tramway, that we are powerless against you and that we cannot do without you – MISTAKE – the automobiles are there and the oil too. Listen to me, O Tramway; it’s too much even when you come and go empty. You’ve given the world a headache with your hooting and ringing. You’d be better off giving in, or else it’s bankruptcy.  Popular tram boycott song by Assad Hatta, sung during the Beirut tram boycott of 1931.[1]   Moving Towards ...

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New Texts Out Now: Simon Jackson, Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations

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Simon Jackson, “Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations.” Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXI No. 1 (Spring 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Simon Jackson (SJ): The article draws on my current book project, provisionally titled Mandatory Development: The Global Politics of Economic Development in the Colonial Middle East. The book is about the socioeconomic development regime in French Mandate Syria-Lebanon ...

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Simon Jackson


Simon Jackson is Lecturer in History at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches on colonial empire in the Mediterranean and modern Middle East. With the support of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, he is currently completing a book on the political economy of French rule in Syria and Lebanon after World War One. He was previously a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute and earned a Ph.D. in History from NYU.