Making of Jordan: Tribes, Colonialism and the Modern State

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I.B.Tauris, 30 бер. 2007 р. - 232 стор.
At the beginning of the 20th Century Jordan, like much of the Middle East, was a loose collection of tribes. By the time of its independence in 1946 it had the most firmly embedded state structures in the Arab world. Drawing on previously untapped sources, Yoav Alon examines how the disparate clan networks of Jordan were integrated into the Hashemite monarchy, with the help of the British colonial administrators. Taking a grassroot perspective, Alon looks at how the weak state institutions introduced by the Ottomans developed in British-administered Jordan. He shows how these institutions co-opted the structures of tribal society, and produced a distinctive hybrid between modern statehood and tribal confederacy which still characterises Jordan to this day. Key figures emerge in the story of Jordan's transformation, such as John Glubb, the charismatic Arab Legion commander who perceived the power of the nomadic tribes and sought to harness it to imperial Britain's statebuilding agenda. Alon’s innovative approach to the origins of modern Jordan provides fresh insights not only into Jordan itself but into colonialism, modernity and the development of the state in the Middle East.
 

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The Study of State Tribe and Colonial Rule in Jordan
1
Transjordan on the Eve of Abdullahs Arrival
13
2 Bedur Amir or Constitutional Monarchy? The Struggle for the Nature of the Emirate 19211924
37
3 The Making of a Colonial State 19241930
61
Glubb Pasha and the Desert Tribes 19281936
84
5 State Consolidation and Tribal Participation 19301946
110
Towards an Appraisal of the Mandates Legacy in Jordan
148
Tribes and Shaykhs
159
Notes
167
Bibliography
194
Index
203
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