Migration has been a major vehicle of change in human history, and the modern world has in many ways been shaped by the activities and experiences of migrants. In this episode, Andrew Arsan discusses the historical experience of Arab migrants who left regions of the Eastern Mediterranean such as Syria and Mount Lebanon and the economic and social transformations that resulted both in the region as well as in the mahjar.
Andrew Arsan is a postdoctoral research associate at the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University focusing on the modern history of Syria and Lebanon (see academia.edu)
Zachary J. Foster is a Ph.D student in the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University focusing on the modern Middle East
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