Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa


The landscapes of the Middle East have captured our imaginations throughout history. Endless images of shifting golden dunes, camel caravans, isolated desert oases, and rivers lined with palm trees have often framed the written and visual representations of the region. Embedded in these portrayals is the ubiquitous belief that the environment, in most places, has been deforested and desertified by centuries of misuse. It is precisely such orientalist environmental imaginaries, increasingly undermined by contemporary ...

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