Tribalism in the Middle East: Comparisons with Africa

The lecture will offer a close analysis of the historical as well as current role of tribes and tribal values in the Middle East. It will demonstrate the significance of this phenomenon as one of the main features of Middle Eastern politics, society and culture. It will also draw parallels to tribalism in Africa.

Yoav Alon (D.Phil. Oxon) is a Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. He wrote his doctoral thesis at Oxford University on the creation of the modern Jordanian state under the British mandate, and the integration of the tribal population into the modern structures of the new state (2001). Prof. Alon is the author The Making of Jordan: Tribes, Colonialism and the Modern State (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007). His second book, The Shaykh of Shaykhs: Mithqal al-Fayiz and Tribal Leadership in Modern Jordan(Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016), is the 2017 IPPY Award Gold Medalist in World History category. Prof Alon is also the co-editor of The New East, Israel's leading journal in Middle Eastern studies.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 13:00

Room 240, Beattie Building

University Avenue, UCT Upper Campus

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021 650 3062