Population Displacement and Resettlement: Development and Conflict in the Middle East
Edited by Seteney Shami
In spite of the particularities of the region, and their potential for informing theory and methodology, the Middle East has been underrepresented in comparative studies of displacement and refugees. The papers collected in this volume aim to partially address the gap in the literature through highlighting different types of displacement in the Middle East and their social implications. The underlying principle here was to avoid categorization by cause of displacement. Instead, papers were grouped by the site and context of displacement. Each section has full-length papers as well as short cases reporting ongoing research (relative to the time of publication) and which serve as a reminder of the variety of the phenomena in the region. The four parts are entitled: Urban Renewal, Removal, and Conflict; Agrarian Policies, Rural Resettlement, and Labor Migration; Diaspora, Identity, and the State; and The Gulf Crisis and Displacement. Of value to scholars working on forced migration, this book can also serve as a textbook for courses on the Middle East as well as for cross-cultural survey courses.