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(Re)constructing Armenia in Lebanon and Syria: Ethno-cultural Diversity and the State in the Aftermath of a Refugee Crisis (Forced Migration) (Forced Migration) (Studies in Forced Migration)

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"... an impressively researched account of one of the major refugee crises of the 20th century ... Migliorino offers a thoughtful account of the Armenian refugees' experience, focusing on religion, cultural production, and communal political organization and covering 1923-2003, a span of three or four generations. This is an analytical narrative of the making of a society, from refugees to citizens - this fine historical account is also an exemplary developmental study of the ways in which refugees create a permanent diaspora society. Relevant to all social scientists. Highly recommended." * Choice

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Nicola Migliorino earned his PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. His research has focused on Lebanon, Syria, and questions concerning ethno-cultural diversity in the contemporary Arab world. Between 1998 and 2000 he worked for an international NGO assisting Palestine refugees in Syria. He is currently Assistant Professor in International Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.
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  • Series: Studies in Forced Migration (Book 21)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845453522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845453527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
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Most of the Armenians in the Levant are descendants of late 19th century or early 20th century Genocide survivors, victims of Turkish paranoia and pan-Turkist ideology. Migliorino begins with a sketch of early Armenian history and a background on the Genocide and then concentrates on patterns of community development, differences arising from the nature of each regime. Syria is characterized as an authoritarian dictatorship where citizens tread carefully. In contrast Lebanon exhibited decentralized and highly active oligarchic factionalism.

In both cases the Armenian community, aware of its outsider status, maintained a low political profile, however the lack of generalized political oppression in Lebanon led to a flourishing of literature, art, newspapers and Armenian theatre that wasn't replicated in Syria. Community identity centred around affiliation to Church and to political movements who's issues were community organization, culture and Soviet Armenia. Both communities created a thriving merchant class, heavily involved in small scale manufacturing and import/export, largely absent from agriculture and government employment. Both groups are highly urbanized with community concentrations in Aleppo Syria, Beirut and the suburb of Bourj Hammoud. Schooling was mostly private and run by the Armenian community which contributed to a solid Armenian identity. In September 1967 the Syrian government nationalized private schools and required increased Arabic and Syrian content, and though Armenian content was reduced, school administration remained under Armenian control.

There were few exceptions to Armenian neutrality.
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