Sponsored by George Mason University`s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program
[This lecture by Sherene Seikaly was held on 16 March 2016 at George Mason University.]
In this lecture presented by STATUS/الوضغ, Sherene Seikalydiscusses and contextualizes her new book Men of Capital in Times of Scarcity: Economy in Palestine (Stanford Unviersity Press, 2016). Men of Capital examines British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s through a focus on economy. In a departure from the expected histories of Palestine, this book illuminates dynamic class constructions that aimed to shape a pan-Arab utopia in terms of free trade, profit accumulation, and private property. And in so doing, it positions Palestine and Palestinians in the larger world of Arab thought and social life.