Transnationalism and the 1925 Syrian Revolt



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The 1925 Syrian Revolt was catalyzed by contestation over authority between local notables and the French mandate government, but it soon spread throughout the mandate as a form of anti-French protest. In this episode, Reem Bailony explores the ways in which the Great Syrian Revolt was also a transnational affair, sharing her research on the activities of the Greater Syrian diaspora in the Americas, Europe, and beyond over the course of 1925-27.


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Reem Bailony earned her Ph.D. in History from UCLA. Her dissertation entitled, “Transnational Rebellion: The Syrian Revolt of 1925-1927,” examines the long-distance nationalism of Syrian-Lebanese migrant communities in relationship to the anti-French rebellion of 1925. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges. (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University's Department of History. His research focuses on the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see academia.edu)

Episode No. 207
Release date: 4 November 2015
Recording Location: Northampton, MA
Editing and production by Chris Gratien
Musical excerpts form archive.org: Baglamamin Dugumu - Necmiye Ararat and MuzafferMuzaffer Akgun - Ha Bu Diyar
Bibliography and images courtesy of Reem Bailony

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