She begins with the Ottoman and British Empires--under whose rule the institutions and borders of modern Jordan began to take shape--asking how they used antiquities in varying ways to advance their imperial projects. Corbett continues through the Mandate era and the era of independence of an expanded Hashemite Kingdom, examining how the Hashemites and other factions, both within and beyond Jordan, have tried to define national identity by drawing upon antiquities.
Competitive Archaeology in Jordan traces a complex history through the lens of archaeology's power as a modern science to create and give value to spaces, artifacts, peoples, narratives, and academic disciplines.
It thus considers the role of archaeology in realizing Jordan's modernity--drawing its map; delineating sacred and secular spaces; validating taxonomies of citizens; justifying legal frameworks and institutions of state; determining logos of the nation for display on stamps, currency, and in museums; and writing history. Framing Jordan's history in this way, Corbett illustrates the manipulation of archaeology by governments, institutions, and individuals to craft narratives, draw borders, and create national identities.
Jan 19, AM. Inclined to a Western standard of life, Riyaad navigates through the intricacies of Arab culture versus Islamic culture while embarking on his quest to learn the ancient language of Arabic at the most renowned institute in Amman. Gain insight to the exhilaration emotions experienced on his first trip to the holy land, Jerusalem.
The Jordan Whisperer steers the reader from hysterical laughter to deep sympathy as his experiences of everyday living in Amman is fabulously captured in play by play format, as it occurred on a particular day. Feb 03, PM.
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The Development of Trans-Jordan , The: A History of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by Maan Abu Nuwar no photo Synopsis: Very little has been written about the history of Trans-Jordan between , a decade of importance in the history of its struggle for independence and sovereignty, its progress and development, its relations with Palestine and the neighbouring Arab countries and the new awakening of Arab nationalism. During the s, although still under the mandate of the League of Nations which was entrusted to Great Britain Trans-Jordan began to develop an international presence.
The people of Trans-Jordan remained very poor however, and the government was supported by a grant-in-aid from the British Government. The British Resident in Amman Col. Henry Cox used that grant-in-aid as a justification for his financial and political control over the new mandated state, which limited its sovereignty. At the time, Great Britain had the largest empire on earth. Her wealth and power, as well as the survival of her Empire, depended mainly on her ability to defend her trade routes with her overseas colonies, protectorates and mandated territories.
Mar 02, PM. Hussein and Abdullah: Inside the Jordanian Royal Family by Randa Habib no photo Synopsis: "In a part of the world in which journalism is a dangerous business, Randa Habib is courageous, considered, and influential.
By being there to write the stories of Jordan and the region, she has shaped history as much as she has revealed it. In her profession, Randa Habib is a star.
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King Hussein announced that it was not his brother Hassan that would succeed him, but his son Abdullah. Less than a week later, King Hussein was dead. During his forty-six-year reign, the Hashemite king preserved his kingdom against rising Islamism and maintained its neutrality in the face of the conflicting interests of neighboring countries.
Hussein left his son a stable kingdom, allied to the West. A lively chronicle of the end of an era, this is also a fascinating account of twenty-first-century Jordan, the Jordan of King Abdullah and Queen Rania. Randa Habib has been director of the Amman bureau of Agence France Presse since , and she has reported extensively from Iraq and other areas of conflict. Habib was the first journalist to interview King Abdullah when he ascended the throne. Apr 01, PM. The only book on the complete history of Jordan during this period to be written by an Arab author, it analyzes the many important events that took place in the Middle East during that time.
Special reference is made to the Arab-Israeli War of and its consequences. The book also explores the first attempt at Arab unity by Jordan and Palestine, and the assassination of King Abdullah, which led to the accession of King Talal to the throne. May 12, AM. Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan by Andrew Shryock no photo Synopsis: This book explores the transition from oral to written history now taking place in tribal Jordan, a transition that reveals the many ways in which modernity, literate historicity, and national identity are developing in the contemporary Middle East.
As traditional Bedouin storytellers and literate historians lead him through a world of hidden documents, contested photographs, and meticulously reconstructed pedigrees, Andrew Shryock describes how he becomes enmeshed in historical debates, ranging from the local to the national level.
The world the Bedouin inhabit is rich in oral tradition and historical argument, in subtle reflections on the nature of truth and its relationship to poetics, textuality, and power. Skillfully blending anthropology and history, Shryock discusses the substance of tribal history through the eyes of its creators—those who sustain an older tradition of authoritative oral history and those who have experimented with the first written accounts.
His focus throughout is on the development of a "genealogical nationalism" as well as on the tensions that arise between tribe and state. Rich in both personal revelation and cultural implications, this book poses a provocative challenge to traditional assumptions about the way history is written.
Jun 04, PM. Borgia no photo Synopsis: Jordan: Past and Present will be of particular interest to Western readers, who rarely have the opportunity to visit the ancient monuments of Petra, Jerash, and Amman. The archaeological history of the Kingdom of Jordan and of each of the three principal Jordanian sites are carefully and clearly explained, and then each of the monuments-among them the Theater, Nymphaeum, Temenos Gate, and funerary monuments in Petra; the Arch of Hadrian, Sanctuary of Artemis, South Theater in Jerash; and the Temple of Hercules in Amman-are pictured as they exist today with overlays showing how they likely looked when still intact.
Jul 08, AM. Saunders no photo Synopsis: Jordan is a land of extraordinary contrasts and striking beauty; of rainbow-colored rocks, black basalt deserts and fantastical landscapes hewn out of time by geological rifts. Modern Jordan mirrors this confluence of cultures and peoples with Circassians, Caucasians, Arabians and Palestinians all melding in a rich multicultural brew.
This is a lavishly illustrated book which provides an introduction to this Middle Eastern kingdom and its people, places and extraordinary landscape. Aug 07, AM.
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Lewis no photo Synopsis: This book is about the land and people of parts of the interior of Syria and Jordan. At the beginning of the nineteenth century most of the people were nomads and only a small proportion of the land was cultivated. Today nomads are few, peasants are numerous and nearly all the land that will bear a crop is under cultivation. This study shows how the present situation came about as the state extended and strengthened its hold on the countryside, the economy of the country developed, landlords and peasants took up hitherto uncultivated land and nomads settled down to become farmers.
The concluding chapters discuss the effects of population growth, mechanised farming and overgrazing on the semi-arid environment and its inhabitants.
Norman Lewis combines geographical, historical and ethnographical material derived from an immense variety of sources, including unpublished manuscripts and fieldwork undertaken over a period of forty years. Sep 01, PM. Dalya Cohen-Mor, a Sabra-born American woman, volunteered to serve in the Peace Corps, went through a lengthy and highly competitive application process, was accepted, and was sent to serve in the predominantly Palestinian country Jordan, of all countries.
Upon arrival in Jordan, Cohen-Mor was instructed by Peace Corps supervisors to conceal her Jewish identity, use an alias instead of her real last name, and pretend that she was Christian so as not to compromise her safety and efficacy as a Peace Corps volunteer.
As a single woman, a Sabra, and an American Peace Corps volunteer in a conservative Arab society, Cohen-Mor was forced to navigate unchartered territory, redefine her values and attitudes, and discover what it means to be perceived as the Other. As she traveled around the Kingdom, she often found herself in delicate, complicated, and dangerous situations. After three months of hard work in the Peace Corps, she was accused of being involved in intelligence activities and unceremoniously sent back home.
Although she lost her dream to serve in the Peace Corps, she found something more precious in the process: her core identity and sense of self. With relentless honesty and unflinching courage, Cohen-Mor recounts her personal journey across borders and cultures into the living realities of two peoples—Arabs and Jews—with conflicting national identities but a common humanity.
Oct 12, PM. Braizat no photo Synopsis: Jordanian-Palestinian interaction is at the heart of the Middle East peace process. The future of any independent Palestinian state--together with the stability of the region--to a great extent depends on this relationship. Musa Braizat's book presents an astute assessment of the relations between Jordan and Palestine, their significance and possible future developments. It examines the influence of other inter-Arab relations this century and shows how the sometimes uneasy Jordanian-Palestinian partnership has been influenced by past experience of several modern Arab states.
Braizat explores the origin of the confederal formula and questions its role as an appropriate framework for future co-operation between Jordan and an independent Palestine. Nov 12, AM. Wilson no photo Synopsis: The first in-depth revelation of the historical and personal circumstances of the partition of Palestine that made Abdullah one of the most controversial figures in contemporary Middle Eastern history.
Because of his role in the partition of Palestine, King Abdullah has always been one of the most controversial figures in modern Middle Eastern history. This book is the first in-depth description and analysis of the historical and personal circumstances that made him so significant. Abdullah, a son of the Sharif of Mecca and a member of the Ottoman elite, emerged after the First World War as a contender for power in a Middle East dominated by Britain owing to his alliance with Britain in the Arab revolt. To his disappointment, he ended up in the arid territory of Transjordan.
Within the constraints of British interests, he was left to make something of his lot. Since Transjordan had little to draw on to resist total dominance by Britain, Abdullah spent the remainder of his life looking for a role, a clientele, or a stable balance of interests that would allow him a future independent of British fortunes.
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He found all three after when, in conjunction with the creation of Israel, he came to rule the portion of Palestine known as the West Bank. Dec 13, PM. Jordanians are dissatisfied with many aspects of their government, but the chaos in neighboring states has thus far deterred civil or violent actions. If Jordan wisely invests international refugee support, it can increase popular opinion by improving the lives of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens.
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