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Transformed LandscapesEssays on Palestine and the Middle East in Honor of Walid Khalidi$
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Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162473

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.001.0001

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‘Abd Al-rahman Shahbandar

‘Abd Al-rahman Shahbandar

An Independence Leader of Interwar Syria

(p.31) 3 ‘Abd Al-rahman Shahbandar
Transformed Landscapes

Camille Mansour

Leila Fawaz

American University in Cairo Press

Historians in the past have largely abandoned the study of Syrian political elites for the study of peasants and workers, women and minorities, and new institutions and mentalities. They wanted to examine Syrian society from the bottom up, although their sources often limited them to the middle rungs. Shahbandar and Khalidi have much in common even though they grew up a generation apart. They obtained modern, secular educations in western institutions, Shahbandar at the Syrian Protestant College (renamed the American University of Beirut, or AUB, in 1920) and Khalidi at the University of London. They spent much of their careers trying to explain the hopes and aspirations of their people, and the poor cards they had been dealt, to western elites. Both had strong connections to the west, and both were roundly criticized at different times in their careers for that very reason.

Keywords:   peasants, political elites, Shabandar, Khalidi, western elites

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