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Leila Fawaz's pioneering study tells the story of the 1860 civil wars that began in Mount Lebanon and spilled over into Damascus. This period witnessed the most severe outbreak of sectarian violence in the history of Ottoman Syria and Lebanon. The author's close analytical narrative of the dramatic events of that year is set against the broader themes of nineteenth-centuryLeila Fawaz's pioneering study tells the story of the 1860 civil wars that began in Mount Lebanon and spilled over into Damascus. This period witnessed the most severe outbreak of sectarian violence in the history of Ottoman Syria and Lebanon. The author's close analytical narrative of the dramatic events of that year is set against the broader themes of nineteenth-century social, political, and economic change.Fawaz shows how social conflict, including "ethnic" civil wars, cannot be explained without analyzing the regional and international currents that play upon both central state power and local autonomy. She also demonstrates the important role of the communal balance between social and political institutions within regions.Fawaz's new insights into the formation of sectarian identities and conflict will make "An Occasion for War" essential reading for all students of the modern Middle East....

Title : Occasion for War
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ISBN : 9780520087828
Format Type : PDF
Number of Pages : 594 Pages
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  • Justin Dell
    2018-11-15 20:49

    This is a decent book for narration of the Damascus riots of 1860, in which upwards of 5000 Christians were slaughtered at the hands of Muslim pillagers. Fawaz traces the provenance of the violence ultimately and theoretically to the enormous changes that state formation and economic restructuring wrought in Ottoman society, developments that consistently favoured the Christian minority and incensed the Muslim majority. In other words, it was structural inequities and not religious ideology that fuelled the violence - a typical Marxist argument. Doubtless, Fawaz wrote the book in an attempt to demonstrate that the Ottoman Empire was not a despotism. How? Fawaz motions to the swift and judicious response of the Ottomans in punishing those Muslims responsible for the unrest and making restitution to its Christian victims. This is a fair argument. But it is a bit like adulating the slaveowner for publicly reprimanding his overseer for whipping some of his slaves to death; it makes the plantation owner the hero of the moment, but it overlooks the fact that the very system on which he had built his life is rotten to the core.