Abstract (i): The first part of this thesis questions the concept of ‘minority’, and the way it has been used to analyze French imperial policy in Syria (‘divide and rule’). Chapter 1 traces the concept’s emergence, showing that it is not self-evidently valid but rather depends on a set of wider social and political circumstances related to the existence of modern nation-states: the minorities of modern Syria cannot be mapped directly back onto the Ottoman millets or religious communities. Ch...Expand abstract
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An article based on pages 197-216 of this thesis has appeared in the journal Middle Eastern Studies in late 2010.
If using material from these pages, please cite the source as "The Kurds of Damascus in the 1930s: development of a politics of ethnicity", (2010) in Middle Eastern Studies. doi:10.1080/00263206.2010.520413
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The nation-state form and the emergence of ‘minorities’ in French mandate Syria, 1919-1939
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