By Andrew Arsan
This paintings is the 1st entire heritage of the Lebanese migrant groups of colonial French West Africa, an unlimited expanse that coated present-day Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Guinea, Benin and Mauritania. the place others have focused on the economic actions of those migrants, casting them as archetypal middlemen, this paintings reconstructs not only their monetary techniques, but in addition their social and political lives. furthermore, it examines the fraught responses of colonial Frenchmen to the unsettling presence of those interlopers of empire--responses which, with their echoes of metropolitan racism, helped to form the ways that Lebanese migrants represented themselves and justified their position in West Africa. this can be a paintings which makes an attempt not only to reshape broader understandings of diasporic life-of Janus-like existences lived in transit among far-off locales, and de- pendent at the consistent to-and-fro of individuals, information, and goods--but additionally to problem the way in which we expect approximately empires, and the kin among their constituent territories and numerous inhabitants.