Composite nationalism re-visited

Alexander Bligh, Gadi Hitman

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The emergence of distinct Jordanian nationalism has been the result of several processes, but primarily it was intended to encounter the appearance of Syrian nationalism that aimed at annexing Jordan to Syria and Palestinian nationalism that has claimed possession of former mandatory Palestine. The national foundation laid by King Hussein is strong and has survived several domestic and foreign challenges. The concept of Jordanian nationalism and collective identity has moved from “Arabism first” to “Jordan First.” The Jordanian nationalism is the result of the amalgamation of three sources: Islam, Arab history, and family lineage, dating back to the Prophet. Composite Jordanian nationalism in the aftermath of the Arab Spring is stronger than ever.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811391668
ISBN (Print)9789811391651
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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  • Jordan first
  • Nationalism
  • PLO
  • Palestinians
  • Pan-arabism
  • West bank

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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