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Fashioning the Modern Middle East


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List of Figures Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements 1. Mapping Modern Bodies in the Middle East: Introduction Reina Lewis and Yasmine Nachabe Taan 2. Fashion and the camera: Istanbul in the late Ottoman Empire Nancy Micklewright 3. Training Slaves for the Camera: Race and Memory in Representations of Slaves, Cairo and Khartoum, 1882-1892 Eve M. Troutt Powell 4. Patronage, Taste, and Power: Slave, Manumitted, and Free Subjects in the Fashioning of Middle Eastern Modernity Reina Lewis 5. Constantin Guys and the Painters of Global Modernity Mary Roberts 6. Looking at/as Nudes: A Study of a Space of Imagination Kirsten Scheid 7. Another Look: “The Body that Is,” Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Post-Ottoman Egypt Wilson Chacko Jacob 8. The Arab Garçonne: Being Simultaneously Modern and Arab in 1920s and 1930s Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt Yasmine Nachabe Taan 9. The Photograph, the Dress, and the Conjugalization of the Family Afsaneh Najmabadi Bibliography Index

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Explores the role of the dressed and undressed body in the making of the modern Middle East, from perspectives such as nation, gender, post-colonialism and historiography.

About the Author

Reina Lewis is Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK. She is author of Muslim Fashion (2015) and Rethinking Orientalism (2004), and editor of Modest Fashion (2013) and Gender, Modernity and Liberty (with Nancy Micklewright, 2006). Reina Lewis co-edits with Elizabeth Wilson the Dress Cultures Series at Bloomsbury Visual Arts. Yasmine Nachabe Taan is Associate Professor of Art & Design at the Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon.


These thoughtful essays on the historical meanings of dress, and what it might tell us about choices, compulsions, and self-representations, engage readers in the compelling work of interpretation. Narratives about power, these are also stories about visual archives: not only what they tell us, but how elusive they are. These scholars’ passion for the archives they’ve allowed us to view is evident. It’s a rich read.
*Marilyn Booth, University of Oxford, UK*

Examining the ‘corporeal’ Middle East, this innovative and multi-disciplinary volume explores different forms of representation of image on film and canvas, how both individuals and the state sought to fashion themselves, and the ways in which sartorial choice could be used to challenge established norms.
*Kate Fleet, University of Cambridge, UK*

This volume sheds new light on the Middle East. The underlying theme throughout the essays is in order to claim modernity people had to be prepared to absorb into their daily lives all that they perceived as that which constituted the western modernity. The book makes fascinating reading uncovering a life which few westerners could envisage.
*The Journal of Dress History*

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