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
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

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


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