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Author Shryock, Andrew.

Title Nationalism and the genealogical imagination : oral history and textual authority in tribal Jordan / Andrew Shryock.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1997]
©1997

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 UniM Bail  956.95004927 SHRY    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 359 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series Comparative studies on Muslim societies ; 23.
Comparative studies on Muslim societies ; 23.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-351) and index.
Contents l. Writing Oral Histories -- 2. A City of Shadowy Outlines -- 3. Remembering the Sword and Lance -- 4. Documentation and the War of Words -- 5. Border Crossings -- 6. From Hearsay to Revelation -- 7. Publication and the Redistribution of Power -- 8. Popular Genealogical Nationalism -- Appendix A. Transliterations of 'Abbadi and 'Adwani Poems -- Appendix B. The Parliamentary Elections of 1989.
Summary In Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination, Andrew Shryock examines how Bedouin are making the transition from oral to written history. As Bedouin historians lead him through a world of hidden documents, contested photographs, meticulously reconstructed pedigrees, and jealously guarded talk, Shryock tells of his growing involvement in historical debates ranging from the local to the national. The world the Bedouin inhabit is rich in oral tradition and historical argument, in subtle reflections on the nature of truth and its relationship to poetics, textuality, and power. Skillfully blending anthropology and history, Shryock explores the substance of tribal history through the eyes of its creators. His focus throughout is the emergence of "genealogical nationalism" and the role it plays in the transformation of popular conceptions of tribe and state.
Subject Bedouins -- Jordan.
Bedouins -- Jordan -- Historiography.
Oral tradition -- Jordan.
Jordan -- Genealogy.
ISBN 0520201019 (paperback: alk. paper)
0520201000 (alk. paper)