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The Resource Environmental imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Diana K. Davis and Edmund Burke III ; with an afterword by Timothy Mitchell

Environmental imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Diana K. Davis and Edmund Burke III ; with an afterword by Timothy Mitchell

Label
Environmental imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa
Title
Environmental imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa
Statement of responsibility
edited by Diana K. Davis and Edmund Burke III ; with an afterword by Timothy Mitchell
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The landscapes of the Middle East have captured our imaginations throughout history. Images of endless golden dunes, camel caravans, isolated desert oases, and rivers lined with palm trees have often framed written and visual representations of the region. Embedded in these portrayals is the common belief that the environment, in most places, has been deforested and desertified by centuries of misuse. It is precisely such orientalist environmental imaginaries, increasingly undermined by contemporary ecological data, that the eleven authors in this volume question. This is the first volume to critically examine culturally constructed views of the environmental history of the Middle East and suggest that they have often benefitted elites at the expense of the ecologies and the peoples of the region. The contributors expose many of the questionable policies and practices born of these environmental imaginaries and related histories that have been utilized in the region since the colonial period. They further reveal how power, in the form of development programs, notions of nationalism, and hydrological maps, for instance, relates to environmental knowledge production
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GF670
LC item number
.E58 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Davis, Diana K
  • Burke, Edmund
Series statement
Ohio University Press series in ecology and history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human ecology
  • Human ecology
  • Middle East
  • Africa, North
  • Middle East
  • Africa, North
  • Middle East
  • Middle East
  • Great Britain
  • France
Label
Environmental imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Diana K. Davis and Edmund Burke III ; with an afterword by Timothy Mitchell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : Imperialism, Orientalism, and the Environment in the Middle East : History, Policy, Power, and Practice / Diana K. Davis -- "A Rebellion of Technology" : Development, Policing, and the British Arabian Imaginary / Priya Satia -- 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 -- From the Bottom 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 -- Salts, Soils, and (Un)Sustainabilities? Analyzing Narratives of Environmental Change in Southeastern Turkey / Leila M. Harris -- Hydro-Imaginaries and the Construction of the Political Geography of the Jordan River : The Johnston Mission, 1953-56 / Samer Alatout -- Environmentalism Deferred : Nationalisms and Israeli/Palestinian Imaginaries / Shaul Cohen
Control code
724662759
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 286 p.
Isbn
9780821419748
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011031113
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)724662759
Label
Environmental imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Diana K. Davis and Edmund Burke III ; with an afterword by Timothy Mitchell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : Imperialism, Orientalism, and the Environment in the Middle East : History, Policy, Power, and Practice / Diana K. Davis -- "A Rebellion of Technology" : Development, Policing, and the British Arabian Imaginary / Priya Satia -- 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 -- From the Bottom 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 -- Salts, Soils, and (Un)Sustainabilities? Analyzing Narratives of Environmental Change in Southeastern Turkey / Leila M. Harris -- Hydro-Imaginaries and the Construction of the Political Geography of the Jordan River : The Johnston Mission, 1953-56 / Samer Alatout -- Environmentalism Deferred : Nationalisms and Israeli/Palestinian Imaginaries / Shaul Cohen
Control code
724662759
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 286 p.
Isbn
9780821419748
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011031113
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)724662759

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