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A Rebellion of Technology’: Development, Policing, and the British Arabian Imaginary

Front Cover of Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa
Ohio University Press
Dec 2011

“‘A Rebellion of Technology’: Development, Policing, and the British Arabian Imaginary,” 23-59, lead essay in D. K. Davis and Edmund Burke, III, eds., Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East. Series: Ecology and History. Ohio University Press, 2011.

We have inherited two contrasting images of Iraq. It is, on the one hand, the fertile crescent, the everlastingly prolific river valley, the very cradle of civilization; and, on the other, the archetypal wasteland, a barren desert of glaring sun and bleak horizons testifying at once to man’s and nature’s cruelty, ...