Mapping the nation: Street names and Arab-Palestinian identity: Three case studies

Maoz Azaryahu, Rebecca Kook

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The naming of streets is part of the ongoing process of mapping the boundaries of the nation. This article examines three sets of Arab-Palestinian street names - pre-1948 Haifa and Jerusalem and post-1948 Umm el Fahm - as locally constructed 'texts of identity' in the historical and political context of their official creation. The investigation aims at charting the ideological orientations represented and the political messages entailed in these three different textual manifestations of Arab-Palestinian national identity. The analysis focuses on notions of historical and cultural heritage as expressed in the choice of street names. Finally, it offers an interpretative evaluation of this process, placing it within broader ideological and historical contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-213
Number of pages19
JournalNations and Nationalism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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