This appeared in 'Regimes of Mobility: Borders and State Formation in the Middle East, 1918-1946'. 1 February 2022.
Regimes of Mobility: Borders and State Formation in the Middle East, 1918-1946
Eds. Jordi Tejel, Ramazan Hakkı Öztan
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022
For the past two decades, insights gained from the burgeoning field of borderlands studies have enabled a new generation of scholars to challenge popular depictions of the emergence of the modern Middle East. For them, the region's borderlands were not just mere sites of peripheral activity, but rather liminal spaces criss-crossed by global flows and circulations central to state- and nation-formation across the Middle East. This volume analyses case studies on Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Transjordan that highlight the connectedness of the politics of borderlands throughout the interwar Middle East.