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Belonging to No Nation

Abigail Green, 2 March 2023

The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship across the Modern Mediterranean 
by Jessica M. Marglin.
Princeton, 363 pp., £30, January, 978 0 691 23587 5
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... this, he died, to use Theresa May’s phrase, a ‘citizen of nowhere’, and his estate, as Jessica Marglin details in this absorbing microhistory, became the subject of celebrated lawsuits.Shamama was born in the hāra, the old Jewish quarter of Tunis. His family were influential but unremarkable. He started out under the patronage of a prominent ...

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