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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