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An Islamicate Eurasia: vernacular perspectives on the early modern world

Sood, Gagan D. S. (2011) An Islamicate Eurasia: vernacular perspectives on the early modern world. In: Bonine, Michael E., Amanat, Abbas and Gasper, Michael Ezekiel, (eds.) Is there a Middle East? The evolution of a geopolitical concept. Stanford University Press, Chicago, USA, pp. 152-170. ISBN 9780804775267

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Is the idea of the "Middle East" simply a geopolitical construct conceived by the West to serve particular strategic and economic interests—or can we identify geographical, historical, cultural, and political patterns to indicate some sort of internal coherence to this label? While the term has achieved common usage, no one studying the region has yet addressed whether this conceptualization has real meaning—and then articulated what and where the Middle East is, or is not. This volume fills the void, offering a diverse set of voices—from political and cultural historians, to social scientists, geographers, and political economists—to debate the possible manifestations and meanings of the Middle East. At a time when geopolitical forces, social currents, and environmental concerns have brought attention to the region, this volume examines the very definition and geographic and cultural boundaries of the Middle East in an unprecedented way.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Stanford University Press
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 13:53
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 09:44

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