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The making of Jordan : tribes, colonialism and the modern state /
Yoav Aon.
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London : I. B. Tauris, 2007.
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xiv, 214 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1845111389 (hbk.), 9781845111380 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : I. B. Tauris, 2007.
isbn
1845111389 (hbk.)
9781845111380 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6134015
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 194-202) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-10-01:
Building a modern state in the developing world usually has meant a zero-sum process, in which the central government gained power at the expense of tribal autonomy, identity, and primary loyalties. Alon (Tel Aviv Univ.) demonstrates that Jordan followed a quite different model. In contrast to other Arab states, where the power of the tribes was broken by violence and tribal authority was marginalized, the tribes in Jordan actively participated in the process of state formation. As he traces this process of accommodation through the various stages of the British mandate period, the author emphasizes that Britain's most successful state building in the Middle East was the product of the relative weakness of the colonial power, rather than its strength. However, more than any other factor, Emir Abdullah's adroit dealings with the tribal sheikhs and notables in the establishment of a national chieftaincy accomplished this task. The study is marvelously researched, the thesis impeccably articulated, and the book well written. This is a significant contribution not only to appreciating the uniqueness of Jordan, but also to understanding the state-building process throughout the region and, indeed, tribal-state relationships globally. It deserves a wide audience. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. P. Dunn Converse College
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Â"The product of extensive research and impeccable scholarshipÂ'¦.the best account we haveÂ"--Avi Shlaim, St Antonys College, Oxford
"The product of extensive research and impeccable scholarship....the best account we have"--Avi Shlaim, St Antonys College, Oxford
"The product of extensive research and impeccable scholarship .the best account we have"--Avi Shlaim, St Antonys College, Oxford
"The product of extensive research and impeccable scholarship'¦.the best account we have"--Avi Shlaim, St Antonys College, Oxford
"The product of extensive research and impeccable scholarship….the best account we have"--Avi Shlaim, St Antonys College, Oxford
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Drawing on previously untapped sources, Yoav Alon examines how the disparate clan networks of Jordan were integrated into the Hashemite monarchy, with the help of the British colonial administrators. Looking at the growth of key state institutions from a grassroots perspective, Alon shows how they co-opted the structures of tribal society, and produced a distinctive hybrid between modern statehood and tribal confederacy which still characterizes Jordan to this day.
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At the beginning of the 20th Century, Jordan, like much of the Middle East, was a loose collection of tribes. This book examines how the disparate clan networks of Jordan were integrated into the Hashemite monarchy, with the help of the British colonial administrators.
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At the beginning of the 20th century Jordan, like much of the Middle East, was a loose collection of tribes. By the time of its independence in 1946 it had the most firmly embedded state structures in the Arab world. Drawing on previously untapped sources, Yoav Alon examines how the disparate clan networks of Jordan were integrated into the Hashemite monarchy, with the help of the British colonial administrators. Looking at the growth of key state institutions from a grassroots perspective, Alon shows how they co-opted the structures of tribal society, and produced a distinctive hybrid between modern statehood and tribal confederacy which still characterizes Jordan to this day. Alon's innovative approach to the origins of modern Jordan provides fresh insights not only into Jordan itself but into colonialism, modernity and the development of the state in the Middle East.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Between Two Empires: Transjordan on the Eve of Abdullah's Arrival
'Bedu Amir' or Constitutional Monarch: The Struggle for the Nature of the Emirate, 1921-1924
The Making of a Colonial State, 1924-1930
Colonialism as a Fine Arg: Glubb Pasha and the Desert Tribes, 1928-1936
State Consolidation and Tribal Participation, 1930-1946
Conclusion
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