Urban Violence in the Middle East: Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State
Covering a period from the late eighteenth century to today, this volume explores the phenomenon of urban violence in order to unveil general developments and historical specificities in a variety of Middle Eastern contexts. By situating incidents in particular processes and conflicts, the case studies seek to counter notions of a violent Middle East in order to foster a new understanding of violence beyond that of a meaningless and destructive social and political act. Contributions explore processes sparked by the transition from empires — Ottoman and Qajar, but also European — to the formation of nation states, and the resulting changes in cityscapes throughout the region.
This publication emerged in the context of the Urban Studies Seminar at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It is edited by members of EUME, Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, and contains contributions by former EUME Fellow Hanan Hammad and former AKMI Fellows Khaled Adham and Florian Riedler.