Courses: National Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa (ANTHH219B01)

Spring 2014

The purpose of the course is to provide a historical and anthropological approach to understanding nation formation in the Middle East. Anchored in major debates on nationalism, this course critically examines both nationalistic imagination and state formations. By focusing on questions of “imagined communities,” the course will analyze nationalistic discourses and the exclusion of the other who is seen to undermine national purity. It will also approach the nation state “as a category of practice,” by focusing on laws, monuments, museums, flags, etc. In addition, we will examine transformations in national discourses and practices, historiography, and memory throughout the twentieth century.

Prerequisites: one 100-level course in Anthropology, Political Science, History, Sociology, the Middle East, or Islam.

Fulfills: SO I Limit:25


Haverford, Gest 103

Meeting Times

TTh 10:00-11:30