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Israeli West Bank Barrier. Photo by Justin McIntosh. The current issue of Humanity is a dossier on transformative occupations in the Modern Middle East. Our featured article is the introduction to the dossier written by A. Dirk Moses and Simon Jackson.

Introduction: Transformative Occupations in the Modern Middle East

This article defines and deploys the concept of transformative occupation to argue for its value in understanding the history of state formation (and prevention) in the Middle East across the twentieth century, during and after imperial and colonial occupation. It argues that socio-political histories of these occupations can in turn refine and extend the heuristic yield of the concept of transformative occupation, for use in other cases globally. The essay also identifies a set of sub-themes that inform our use of the concept: developmental ideologies, Read More »

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