Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan by Joseph Andoni Massad

By Joseph Andoni Massad

Colonial results analyzes the production and definition of contemporary Jordanian id. Massad experiences key institutions-- the legislations and the military--and makes use of them to create an unique and certain research of the improvement of Jordanian nationwide identification within the postcolonial period.Joseph A. Massad engages fresh scholarly debates on nationalism and richly fulfills the analytical promise of Michel Foucault's perception that smooth associations and their energy to have effective, now not basically repressive or coercive, capacities -- even though Massad additionally stresses their persevered repressive function.His argument is complicated through a attention of proof, together with photographs produced through country vacationer companies geared toward attracting Western viewers, the altering and precarious place of ladies within the newly built nationwide house, and such practices as football video games, tune, songs, nutrients, garments, and transferring accents and dialects.

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25 This presentation is the effect of the symbiotic relationship that juridical nationalist discourse and popular nationalist discourse cohabit. Any questioning, however, of the ruptures prevalent in the law itself as regards the question of nationality, is coded in popular nationalist discourse as a subversive attempt to rupture the nation itself, indeed as national treason. National Time Nationalism’s obsession with temporality (confused as historicity) is related more to establishing a collective memory for itself and its subjects than to inscribing itself in history (which is of secondary import).

The new party was able to attract members of the People’s Party as well as members of the National Congress. The ECNC proved to be the most nationalist in its demands. Its members, who included Transjordanians as well as Syrians, Iraqis, and Palestinians, pledged that their task would be to realize the demands put forth in the National Charter. The ECNC continued to exist until 1934. It published a newspaper (Al-Mithaq), which was suppressed soon after, while its leaders, including Subhi Abu Ghanimah and ÛAdil Al-ÛAzmah, were in the forefront of opposing the Mandatory government and the amir on a number of issues including land sales to Zionists.

A number of educated men and intellectuals made common cause with him. Prominent among those was Jordan’s foremost poet, Mustafa Wahbah Al-Tall, who coined the slogan “Al-Urdunn Lil Urduniyyin,” or “Jordan for the Jordanians,” as an assertion of nativist rights against their usurpation by outsiders. The government at first responded by reconstituting the cabinet, and in the process they appointed the Transjordanian ÛAli al-Khulqi as minister of education, as a gesture to meet the demands of the rebels.

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