Tourism and the Emergence of Nation-States in the Arab Eastern Mediterranean, 1920s-1930s
Tourism and the Emergence of Nation-States in the Arab Eastern Mediterranean, 1920s-1930s
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List of Illustrations
Note on Transliteration
1. Introduction
2. Space of sovereignty: Abolishing the colonial order of tourism in Egypt?
Turning away: Photographing authenticity in times of transformation
Negotiating tourism: Ambitions and limits of Egyptian tourism development
Recreating Egyptian tourist spaces
3. New tourists, new attractions, ‘New Palestine’: Implementing a new tourist space in Mandate Palestine
Relegating the Holy Land to the past: New mediators for the present
The ‘conquest of tourism’: Reaching out to tourists
Creating ‘New Palestine’: Tourism development as a territorial claim
4. Contested rule and fragmented space in French Mandate Syria
The two sides of the same postcard
Urban pride and the imperial politics of tourism
No common ground: The divided landscapes of tourism in Syria
5. Lebanon: The tourist nation-state
Brochures: Outlining a nation
High Seasons, low seasons: The Franco-Lebanese relationship in terms of tourism
Topography of a tourist nation-state
Conclusion: Tourist transformations
A middle-class project
Tourism as a transformative resource
The tourist’s age
Index of persons, associations and enterprises
Index of places
Notes on persons, associations and enterprises

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This book is an amazingly rich and meticulously researched study of the history of tourism development across the Eastern Mediterranean during the interwar period. It addresses a critical and understudied era in the history of tourism in the Middle East, while also offering a new and original angle to explore the politics of the nation and state formation in the colonial/Mandate era. The scope of the project is very impressive as it covers Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon using diverse original archives and other materials across several languages. The careful attention to detail and close reading of parliamentary debates, travelogues, letters, photos and other materials is sustained throughout the chapters. – Waleed Hazbun, University of Alabama

Jasmin Daam

Tourism and the Emergence of Nation-States in the Arab Eastern Mediterranean, 1920s-1930s

"In the aftermath of World War I, the beaten paths of tourism guided an increasing number of international tourists to the hinterlands of the Arab Eastern Mediterranean, where they would admire pyramids and Roman ruins. Yet they were not the only visitors: Arab nationalists gathered in summer resorts, and Yishuvi skiing clubs practised on Lebanese mountain slopes. By catering to these travellers, local tour guides and advocates of tourism development pursued their agendas. The book unearths unexpected connections between tourism and the emergence of nation-states in Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. Arab middle-class actors striving for independence, Zionist settlers and mandate officials presented their visions of the post-Ottoman spatial order to an international audience of tourists. At the same time, mobilities and infrastructures of tourism shaped the material conditions of this order. Tourism thus helps us to understand the transformations of Arab societies in their global context, and its history is a colourful story of the emergence of the modern Middle East. "

Jasmin Daam

Jasmin Daam worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Kassel (Germany) at the chair for Global History from 2015 to 2020. In addition, she has been a member of the research network ‘The Modern Mediterranean: Dynamics of a World Region, 1800-2000’ since 2016.