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Peter Wien
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Arab Nationalism: The Politics of Culture and Memory

This summer research project is part of a book project that is already under contract with Routledge publishers in London. The stipend would be used for research in the Arabic language collections of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. The book will introduce cultural representations and practices as a new perspective on Arab nationalism. The project will thus contribute to an understanding of Middle Eastern identities that does more justice to the complexities of social dynamics in Arab lands than simplifying juxtapositions of "East" versus "West," or "secular" versus "religious." Arab nationalism will be presented as an "experience-able" system of references for Arab peoples and as a public discourse embodied in text, monument and memory, as a product of mass culture, the material culture of daily life, and as a system of power relations. The book will include case studies from most of the Arab lands between the Atlantic Ocean and the Tigris River.

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Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 9/30/2010