Dr Benjamin Thomas White

  • Lecturer in History 1400-present (History)
  • Adviser of Studies (PG) (Arts College Graduate School)

telephone: 01413302437
email: BenjaminThomas.White@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

I'm a historian of the modern Middle East by background, now teaching and researching on the history of refugees and statelessness in the world at large.

My doctoral research and first book were about Syria in the period of the French mandate (1920–1946). They used the emergence of the concept of 'minority' in political discourse in and about Syria to trace processes of modern state formation in the country: across the territory, as borders were drawn around it and the institutions of the state made their presence felt even in rural areas, and institutionally, as uniform legal institutions gradually developed within the country and it began to fit into an emerging international system of nation-states. As a Goodreads review put it, 'Little or no nudity'.

From there I became interested in refugees and statelessness, first of all in the interwar Middle East and then more generally. I've done research on refugees in French mandate Syria and Lebanon and British mandate Iraq. What started out as a side-project within this has ballooned to become my main focus for the foreseeable future: a global history of the refugee camp. The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum, and Migration Network (GRAMNet) has become the institutional home for this.


Grants

  • 2014: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, small research grant for archival research on the Baquba refugee camp, Iraq
  • 2014: Council for British Research in the Levant, Arabic bursary

Supervision

I would be happy to supervise doctoral students wanting to work on the history of refugees and statelessness, anywhere in the world, and especially on aspects of the history of the refugee camp. Other subjects would include the history of humanitarianism, the League of Nations mandates, and French and British imperialism in the Middle East.


Teaching

At Glasgow this year I am teaching:

  • The pre-honours history course, History 1C, on modern European history in its wider context.
  • An honours module, 'Middle Eastern cities, 1800–1960: imperialism, cosmopolitanism, and nationalism'.
  • A masters module, 'Century of the refugee: refugees and statelessness in comparative perspective, c.1900–2000'.

I am also co-teaching the masters module 'Approaches to history' and contributing a couple of other things here and there.


Publications

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Number of items: 18.

2017

White, B. T. (2017) Refugees and the definition of Syria, 1920–1939. Past and Present, (doi:10.1093/pastj/gtw048) (Early Online Publication)

2016

White, B. T. and Tejel Gorgas, J. (2016) The fragments imagine the nation? Minorities in the modern Middle East and North Africa [Guest editors]. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 43(2), pp. 135-139. (doi:10.1080/13530194.2016.1138646)

White, B. T. (2016) Minderheiten in beiden Ländern. In: Lemke, B. (ed.) Irak und Syrien. Series: Wegweiser zur Geschichte. Ferdinand Schöningh: Paderborn, pp. 135-149. ISBN 9783506786623

2015

White, B. T. (2015) Review of James Grehan, Twilight of the saints: everyday religion in Ottoman Syria and Palestine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). American Historical Review, 120(5), pp. 1996-1997. (doi:10.1093/ahr/120.5.1996a) [Book Review]

2014

White, B. T. (2014) Review of Isa Blumi, Ottoman refugees, 1878-1939: migration in a post-imperial world (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Reviews in History, (doi:10.14296/RiH/2014/1690) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2014) Mikhail, Alan; Nature and empire in Ottoman Egypt: an environmental history. Archives of Natural History, 41(2), pp. 378-379. (doi:10.3366/anh.2014.0271) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2014) Damascus: Ottoman Modernity and Urban Transformation, 1808–1918, Vols. 1 and 2 by Stefan Weber. Arab Studies Journal, 22(1), pp. 279-284. [Book Review]

2013

White, B. T. , Haysom, S. and Davey, E. (2013) Refugees, host states and displacement in the Middle East: an enduring challenge. Humanitarian Exchange(59), pp. 20-22.

2012

White, B. T. (2012) The Ottoman Administration of Iraq, 1890–1908 by Gokhan Cetinsaya. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 39(1), pp. 139-141. (doi:10.1080/13530194.2012.660003) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2012) Transforming Damascus: Space and Modernity in an Islamic City by Leila Hudson. Arab Studies Journal, 20(1), pp. 199-203. [Book Review]

2011

White, B. T. (2011) The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748641871

2010

White, B. T. (2010) Rifa'at 'Ali Abou-El-Haj, Formation of the modern state: the Ottoman Empire, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, 2nd edition. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37(3), pp. 457-459. (doi:10.1080/13530194.2010.524444) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2010) The Kurds of Damascus in the 1930s: development of a politics of ethnicity. Middle Eastern Studies, 46(6), pp. 901-917.

White, B. T. (2010) Addressing the state: the Syrian Ulama protest personal status law reform, 1939. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 42(01), pp. 10-12. (doi:10.1017/S0020743809990572)

2009

Altug, S. and White, B. T. (2009) Frontières et pouvoir d'Etat. Vingtième Siècle, 2009(103), pp. 91-104. (doi:10.3917/ving.103.0091)

White, B. T. (2009) Jeremy Salt, The unmaking of the Middle East: a history of Western disorder in Arab lands. Review of Middle East Studies, 43(1), pp. 128-129. [Book Review]

2008

White, B. T. (2008) Rhetorical hierarchies in France and Syria during the mandate. Chronos: Revue d’Histoire de l’Université de Balamand(17), pp. 105-123.

2007

White, B. T. (2007) The nation-state form and the emergence of 'minorities' in Syria. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 7(1), pp. 64-85. (doi:10.1111/j.1754-9469.2007.tb00108.x)

This list was generated on Sun May 28 05:49:31 2017 BST.
Number of items: 18.

Articles

White, B. T. (2017) Refugees and the definition of Syria, 1920–1939. Past and Present, (doi:10.1093/pastj/gtw048) (Early Online Publication)

White, B. T. and Tejel Gorgas, J. (2016) The fragments imagine the nation? Minorities in the modern Middle East and North Africa [Guest editors]. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 43(2), pp. 135-139. (doi:10.1080/13530194.2016.1138646)

White, B. T. , Haysom, S. and Davey, E. (2013) Refugees, host states and displacement in the Middle East: an enduring challenge. Humanitarian Exchange(59), pp. 20-22.

White, B. T. (2010) The Kurds of Damascus in the 1930s: development of a politics of ethnicity. Middle Eastern Studies, 46(6), pp. 901-917.

White, B. T. (2010) Addressing the state: the Syrian Ulama protest personal status law reform, 1939. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 42(01), pp. 10-12. (doi:10.1017/S0020743809990572)

Altug, S. and White, B. T. (2009) Frontières et pouvoir d'Etat. Vingtième Siècle, 2009(103), pp. 91-104. (doi:10.3917/ving.103.0091)

White, B. T. (2008) Rhetorical hierarchies in France and Syria during the mandate. Chronos: Revue d’Histoire de l’Université de Balamand(17), pp. 105-123.

White, B. T. (2007) The nation-state form and the emergence of 'minorities' in Syria. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 7(1), pp. 64-85. (doi:10.1111/j.1754-9469.2007.tb00108.x)

Books

White, B. T. (2011) The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748641871

Book Sections

White, B. T. (2016) Minderheiten in beiden Ländern. In: Lemke, B. (ed.) Irak und Syrien. Series: Wegweiser zur Geschichte. Ferdinand Schöningh: Paderborn, pp. 135-149. ISBN 9783506786623

Book Reviews

White, B. T. (2015) Review of James Grehan, Twilight of the saints: everyday religion in Ottoman Syria and Palestine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). American Historical Review, 120(5), pp. 1996-1997. (doi:10.1093/ahr/120.5.1996a) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2014) Review of Isa Blumi, Ottoman refugees, 1878-1939: migration in a post-imperial world (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Reviews in History, (doi:10.14296/RiH/2014/1690) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2014) Mikhail, Alan; Nature and empire in Ottoman Egypt: an environmental history. Archives of Natural History, 41(2), pp. 378-379. (doi:10.3366/anh.2014.0271) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2014) Damascus: Ottoman Modernity and Urban Transformation, 1808–1918, Vols. 1 and 2 by Stefan Weber. Arab Studies Journal, 22(1), pp. 279-284. [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2012) The Ottoman Administration of Iraq, 1890–1908 by Gokhan Cetinsaya. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 39(1), pp. 139-141. (doi:10.1080/13530194.2012.660003) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2012) Transforming Damascus: Space and Modernity in an Islamic City by Leila Hudson. Arab Studies Journal, 20(1), pp. 199-203. [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2010) Rifa'at 'Ali Abou-El-Haj, Formation of the modern state: the Ottoman Empire, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, 2nd edition. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37(3), pp. 457-459. (doi:10.1080/13530194.2010.524444) [Book Review]

White, B. T. (2009) Jeremy Salt, The unmaking of the Middle East: a history of Western disorder in Arab lands. Review of Middle East Studies, 43(1), pp. 128-129. [Book Review]

This list was generated on Sun May 28 05:49:31 2017 BST.