Call for proposals for the Special issue of Arabian Humanities n° 6: “Movements and flows in the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea and the Gulf region during WWI”
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On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of WWI, Arabian Humanities is launching an issue on the history of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea and the Gulf during the Great War. The region’s modern history is still a work in progress, especially for the period 1914-1918. Researches in modern Arab history during WWI focus mainly on the Mediterranean, while the Red Sea region and the Peninsula are either considered peripheral and isolated from the Ottoman Empire and European activities, or addressed only in the context of political history (the Arab Revolt, the creation of Saudi Arabia, to give only a few examples of already well-researched themes).
Taking the opportunity of the WWI centenary, this issue will aim at exploring the history of the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf region both at local and regional level. It will put a special emphasis on material and non-material flows as well as movements of persons in the region during a period of severe constraints and blockades. Empires (Ottoman, English, Italian, French, and German) challenged their positions by keeping each other’s respective moves under close scrutiny. Internal competitions between local emirates led to territorial reorganizations, limitation of movements and constraints on exchanges. Movements of people (soldiers, officials, scholars, pilgrims and traders), flows of goods, ideas, epidemics and famines were nevertheless far from being put to a halt. Ottoman and European empires would send officials and soldiers to the region, while pilgrims and travelers from Asia would arrive to trading ports, cities and Holy Places of the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf. Legal trade as well as smuggling, official and secret exchanges testify to the dynamism of internal and external connections during this crucial period.
Focus on movements and flows in/from/to the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf is meant to question the marginal position and isolation of the region during the war, to assess spatial and territorial reorganizations affecting movements and exchanges, and to give further attention to the region’s global connections. What are the exchanges that can be identified during this period both in the region and in a global context? To what extent did the war impact on such flows in a region where borders and frontiers were still porous, ill-defined and fought over?
Contributions using European sources with original perspectives on the region and/or local sources in Arabic, Osmanlı, Amharic and other regional languages, will be most welcome.
With its focus on a usually neglected region, this issue of Arabian Humanities will also be distinguished from other current work on the Great War by focusing on the sources. The online journal will open a “Documents” section where contributors will be able to publish sources and documents in toto or in detail, as part of their contributions or as complete contributions in themselves.
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After acceptance, the deadline for submission of articles (9000 words) is December 1st, 2014. Authors are requested to meet the publication norms of Arabian Humanities, available at http://cy.revues.org/2105?file=1 or from the Editorial Secretary, Sylvaine Giraud (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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