This conclusion briefly examines how the French Mandate’s incomplete pacification of the mahjar allowed Syrian migrants space to contest the brutality of French rule during the Great Syrian Revolt of 1925–1927. Revisiting the story of former Ottoman consul to Argentina, Emir Amin Arslan, the conclusion illustrates how the Mandates managed migrant anticolonialism through papers. Contrasting the use of newsprint, petitions, passports, and propaganda to promoted a post-Ottoman free Syria during the war, by the mid-1920s the Mandate employed its documentary regimes in new ways to cut ties with Syrian émigré activists and political problems abroad. French threats to denationalize 110,000 Syrians in Argentina in retaliation for the perceived support of Syria’s revolutionaries amounted to a new partitioning of Syria from its diasporas. The chapter closes with a consideration of how this politics of partition have been repeated in histories of the Middle East that elide migrant stories through archival silencing.
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