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Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa [Paperback]

Jonathan Miran
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1 July 2009
In the late 19th century, the port of Massawa on the Red Sea was a thriving, vibrant, multiethnic commercial hub. "Red Sea Citizens" tells the story of how Massawa rose to prominence as one of Northeast Africa's most important shipping centres. Jonathan Miran reconstructs the social, material, religious, and cultural history of this mercantile community in a period of sweeping change. He shows how Massawa and its citizens benefited from migrations across the Indian Ocean, the Arabian peninsula, Egypt, and the African interior. Miran also notes the changes that took place in Massawa as traders did business and eventually settled. By revealing the dynamic processes at play, this book provides insight into the development of the Horn of Africa that extends beyond borders and boundaries, nations and nationalism.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253220793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253220790
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This well-designed and exquisitely documented book conceptualizes historically the position, identity, and roles of a Northeast African urban community." Jay Spaulding, Kean University "Focuses careful attention on both micro- and macro-processes of change in the political, economic, and socio-cultural spheres in the Red Sea town of Massawa." Lee Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania "The 'global cities' of the 19th century are increasingly coming to the attention of historians of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Jonathan Miran's study of Massawa on the Red Sea coast is a clear example of this orientation and a benchmark to which future studies will have to refer." oIntl. Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 42.4, 2010

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Jonathan Miran is Assistant Professor of Islamic Civilization in the Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University.

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4.0 out of 5 stars owsome 24 Nov 2009
The book arrived promptly. The content of the book is facinating. It tells the story of Massawa in different light. It is a must read for anyone who want to have a true understanding for Eritrea's source of nationalism and highland vs lawland dichotomy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book I love 23 Oct 2013
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Unfortunately my apartment was set to fire by accident in March,15th and I did not enjoy reading that fantastic book. My question is that can I have it in a Kindle ? and could I also have " I did not do it for you " in one Kindle ? Pls advice to enable me make my new order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 20 May 2013
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My father is from Embaramy and mother is from Hergaigo. I was born in Eritrea, but lived all my life outside. Mr Jonathan Miran, did a fantastic work, after reading his book I started an in-depth conversation with my family members on the history of our ancestors. Mr Jonathan Miran unbiased views made the book a rear history treasure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, meandering and pretentious 26 July 2013
By muffcabbage - Published on Amazon.com
A shallow and pedantic approach to one of my favorite subjects. I took a chance on a little known author and was disappointed. Lesson learned.
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