Auto/Biography and the Construction of Identity and Community in the Middle East

  • Mary Ann Fay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Mary Ann Fay
      Pages 1-5
  3. Critical Studies of Biography and Autobiography

  4. Biography—History—Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Mary Ann Fay
      Pages 95-108
    3. Dina Rizk Khoury
      Pages 109-124
    4. William L. Cleveland
      Pages 125-138
    5. Garay Menicucci
      Pages 139-151
  5. Biography and the Anthropological Encounter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Nadje S. Al-Ali
      Pages 155-176
    3. Anita Häusermann Fábos
      Pages 177-188
  6. Reflections on Writing Auto/Biographically

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Cynthia Nelson
      Pages 201-214
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-245

About this book


Ranging from the early modern period to the present day, this edited collection uses biography as a window into the history of the Arab-Islamic Middle East. The contributors reinterpret the lives of the famous such as George Antonius and Doria Shafiq and rediscover the lives of individuals previously consigned to the margins of history, including the notorious individuals of 17th-century Syria and the 20th-century Palestinian activist Kulthum Auda. The book also draws on the biographical tradition of Arab historical writing, including biographical dictionaries, for an understanding of the region s social and cultural history. Interdisciplinary in scope and theoretically informed, this volume brings to light individual lives which are essential to an understanding of Middle Eastern history.

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary Ann Fay
    • 1
  1. 1.American University of SharjahUnited Arab Emirates

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-62116-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-62114-9
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