Rethinking the Region: Empire and Nation

Contributed By: Elisheva Cohen
Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Teach-MENA
Author: Maria Hantzopoulos, Monisha Bajaj, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Roozbeh Shirazi, Zeena Zakharia
Collection: Rethinking the Region
Condition of Use: Fair Use for Education

This unit is based on an extensive analysis of high school textbooks, which found that discussions of historical and current nation building throughout the Middle East and North Africa often reduced the empires to ‘Muslim,’ denying the diversity of the region. Furthermore, the notion of a Muslim empire was often placed in contrast to a “modern” European nation. The lessons in this unit challenge these concepts by highlighting the innovation of the Middle East and North Africa and exploring the ways in which colonialism in the MENA region shaped notions of empire and nation. >

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