Assyrians in Modern Iraq: Negotiating Political and Cultural Space


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Cambridge University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.69 inches | 1.23 pounds

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About the Author

Alda Benjamen is Faculty Fellow in the Department of History at University of California, Berkeley where her work concerns questions about memory, home, and belonging in multilingual and diasporic communities in the context of rural-to-urban and global migrations. She is editor of a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Iraq and the Arab World, 'Co-existence and Pluralism in Northern Iraq' (2020), and a roundtable for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, 'Minoritization and Pluralism in the Modern Middle East' (2018).


'Benjamen's timely book offers an original, extensive, and meticulously researched exploration of Assyrian history during a critical period of the twentieth century. Benjamen not only locates Assyrian experiences within Iraq's social, political, and cultural context but also considers their essential place within the study of minorities and Christians in the Middle East. Assyrians in Modern Iraq is a much-needed study that will surely set the tone for future examinations of an understudied topic.' Febe Armanios, Middlebury College
'With courageous, ethically grounded research, Benjamen reorients Iraq's history around transnational indigenous activists who are usually treated as marginal. She corrects many misconceptions about Assyrians in the process. Assyrians in Modern Iraq is essential reading.' Arbella Bet-Shlimon, University of Washington
'Benjamen's groundbreaking study examines Assyrians as Iraqis, Christians, and political activists who moved within regional, national, and international networks. Historians of the Middle East will appreciate her nuanced appraisal of pluralism and diversity, which draws attention to the small towns and landscapes of northern Iraq.' Heather J. Sharkey, University of Pennsylvania
'In a persuasive, well-researched, clearly written synthesis, Benjamen offers an objective and detailed study. Placing Assyrians within the historic context of the Iraqi state and the cultural mosaic of modern Iraqi history and politics, her book represents a welcome addition to the literature, and fills an important void.' Tareq Ismael, University of Calgary