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The sixth issue of Ostour, the ACRPS' bi-annual journal on historical studies has been published. In this issue, the journal presents a selection of studies in diverse topics. The journal also contains translation and book review sections, and features a 19th century Tunisian travelogue. The journal concludes with an overview of the Ostour Symposium, under the title, "Dividing the World: the Centenary of Sykes-Picot".

The edition is introduced with a study of early Islamic sources, entitled "The Nature of Early Islamic Sources and Academics' Differing Views of their Historical Significance", authored by the Tunisian historian Hayat Amamou. The second article, "The Image of the Byzantines in Arabic Culture as Expressed in Language," is authored by the late historian Mohamed Tahar Al Mansuri. A third article is jointly authored by Abdul Rahim Abu-Husayn and Tarek Abu Hussein. "On the Road to the Abode of Felicity: Observations of a Damascene Scholar in Anatolia and Istanbul in 1530". Tunisian scholar Lamjad Bouzaid offers "Maghrebi Captives in Europe 1772 - 1775: From the Tunisian National Archives". Continuing the theme of travel was "French Expeditions to the Moroccan South during the 19th Century: Fact and Representation", by Aitjamal Mohamed. Fatah Gdarh authors the next piece, "The Historiography of Contemporary Events through Memoires and Personal Testimonies: Significance and Research Cautions (The Case of Libya)." This is rounded up by the study of Historian Abdulaziz al-Taheri entitled "Witness and Historian in Morocco: Conflict or Complementarity?"

The edition ends with an overview of the most recent Ostour Symposium. "Dividing the World: The Centenary of Sykes-Picot," was held by the history faculty at the Doha Institute for Graduate Students in conjunction with the Ostour team, on 26-27 December, 2016, and featured nine studies. The Symposium was centered around three topics: Sykes-Picot: The Process and the Wager; The Arab Mashreq and Questions in Dividing the World, and Dividing the world: Sources and Identities. The chapter concludes with a report on the Fourth Annual Conference of Historical Studies, held in Beirut, entitled "The Arabs: From Marj Dabiq to Sykes-Picot (1516-1916): Transformations in Structures of Power and Society from Sultanates to Nation States" on 21 and 22 April, 2017.

The edition concludes with an overview of the "Ostour Symposium", which included contributions by Abdel Wahid Al-Makeni (Sykes-Picot Convention, May 1916: Actors and Their Backgrounds: a prosopographic approach); Jamal Barout (From the Sykes-Picot Accords to the Treaty of Lausanne: the Contractual Transformation and its Structural Implications for Statehood in the Arab Mashreq); Fethy Lecier (The Oil Bet on the course of Sykes-Picot (1916-1920)); Abderrahim Benhadda (The Ottomans: Colonialism and the Division of the World); Mahjoob Zweiri (Bannerman Report: Manufacturing the Myth of Modern Arab History); and Ahmed Abushouk (British Protectorate of Qatar, 1916-1971: Political justification and strategic objective And Issam Nassar (History and Nationalism: The Problem of Writing a History of Palestinian Identity); Mohamed Mezine (Conflicts on the Division of the Mediterranean); and Mohamed Hatami (Knowledge in the Service of Capital: Colonial Learning in France).


Further information is available through the journal website and through the ACRPS Electronic Bookstore (link in Arabic).