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Title:Environmental imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa
Editors:Davis, Diana K.ISNI
Burke, EdmundISNI
Series:Ohio University Press series in ecology and history
City of publisher:Athens, OH
Publisher:Ohio University Press
ISBN:0821419749; 9780821419748
Geographic terms:Middle East
Northern Africa
Nile River
water resources
environmental history
Abstract:This collective volume examines culturally constructed views of the environmental history of the Middle East and North Africa and suggests that these views have often benefited elites at the expense of the ecologies and the peoples of the region. The contributors consider the social, political, technological, economic and ecological implications of environmental imaginaries of the region over the longue durée as well as in more recent, postcolonial settings. Together, they cover the last three centuries in an area which includes the present-day countries of Egypt, Iraq, Israel, the Maghreb, Palestine and Turkey. Contributions on Africa: Restoring roman nature: French identity and North African environmental history (Diana K. Davis); Body of work: water and reimagining the Sahara in the era of decolonization (George R. Trumbull IV, on colonial Algeria); From the boytom up: the Nile, silt, and humans in Ottoman Egypt (Alan Mikhail); Drafting a map of colonial Egypt: the 1902 Aswan dam, historical imagination, and the production of agricultural geography (Jennifer L. Derr); Remapping the nation, critiquing the State: environmental narratives and desert land reclamation in Egypt (Jeannie Sowers). [ASC Leiden abstract]