Of Irony and Empire: Islam, the West, and the Transcultural Invention of Africa

Of Irony and Empire: Islam, the West, and the Transcultural Invention of Africa Nationalism, Colonialism, and t Arab Middle Class Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006 xi + 325 pp., $35.00 (cloth) om ti v d u ca fri ies an of d M ,A th e l. Vo © 20 2 o. ,N b , 20 ke 09 iv u yD Un it er s yP res Yes, tre is a hiory of modernity in t Middle . At a time wn, more than ever perhaps, t region is asciated with images of backwardness, medievalism, and religious fanaticism, a book such as Keith David Watenpaugh’s is a welcome addition to t ranks of scholarship. Based on a microudy of t city of Aleppo, Watenpaugh’s Being Modern in t Middle , however, has contributions to make to t world of scholarship well beyond t “ern Mediterrann” region generalizes about in this udy. Scholars intereed in exploring t surprisingly undertorized category called “t middle class” pretty much anywre in t world will find much of intere in this book. Of even grter intere are Watenpaugh’s hioal explorations of what “being modern” mnt to t middle class of Aleppo and t region. Following me of t recent writing on t subject, Watenpaugh underands http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
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Nationalism, Colonialism, and t Arab Middle Class Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006 xi + 325 pp., $35.00 (cloth) om ti v d u ca fri ies an of d M ,A th e l. Vo © 20 2 o. ,N b , 20 ke 09 iv u yD Un it er s yP res Yes, tre is a hiory of modernity in t Middle . At a time wn, more than ever perhaps, t region is asciated with images of backwardness, medievalism, and religious fanaticism, a book such as Keith David Watenpaugh’s is a welcome addition to t ranks of scholarship. Based on a microudy of t city of Aleppo, Watenpaugh’s Being Modern in t Middle , however, has contributions to make to t world of scholarship well beyond t “ern Mediterrann” region generalizes about in this udy. Scholars intereed in exploring t surprisingly undertorized category called “t middle class” pretty much anywre in t world will find much of intere in this book. Of even grter intere are Watenpaugh’s hioal explorations of what “being modern” mnt to t middle class of Aleppo and t region. Following me of t recent writing on t subject, Watenpaugh underands

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