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Interlopers of Empire – The Lebanese Diaspora in Colonial French West Africa - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Interlopers of Empire: The Lebanese Diaspora in Colonial French West Africa

Andrew Arsan


This book is a comprehensive history of the Lebanese migrant communities of colonial French West Africa, a vast expanse covering present-day Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea, Benin and Mauritania. While others have concentrated on these migrants’ role in the colonial economy, this work reconstructs not just their commercial undertakings and strategies, but also their everyday practices, understandings of place and kin, and political thoughts and sentiments. In doing so, it makes the case for a new understanding of diasporic life. Lebanese migrants did not remain irretrievably wedded to the ... More

Keywords: diaspora, migration, Middle Eastern studies, imperialism, colonialism, Lebanon, West Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199333387
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Arsan, author
University of Cambridge

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