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Middle East Journal
Lucid and elegantly written, Ussama Makdisi's Artillery of Heaven accomplishes two big things. First, while examining 19th century American missionary encounters in the Arab Ottoman territories, it presents a model for a new kind of transnational history that sheds light on American engagement with the world. Second, and at a time when much of the Arab past has been "effectively demarcated ... as a forbidden no-man's land" because of fear of what "divisive narratives" of the past may dredge up (p. 219), it scrutinizes the raw history of the "multi-religious world" in the Ottoman region that is now Lebanon.
Sharkey, H. J. (2008). Artillery of Fire: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East. Middle East Journal, 62 (3), 536-537. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/nelc_papers/23
Date Posted: 04 November 2015
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