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Author Podeh, Elie, author

Title The Politics of National Celebrations in the Arab Middle East / Elie Podeh
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
©2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 338 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge books online
Contents Introduction -- 1. Celebrating Nation and State: A Theoretical Framework -- 2. Celebrations and Ceremonies in Arab-Islamic Lands -- 3. Egypt: Changes within Continuity -- 4. Iraq: Changing Regimes, Changing Celebrations -- 5. Jordan: Preserving Invented Traditions -- 6. Lebanon: Upholding the Integrity of the State -- 7. Saudi Arabia: Between Religious and Secular Holidays -- Conclusions
Summary "Why do countries celebrate defining national and religious moments or significant events in their history, and how and why do their leaders select certain events for commemoration and not others? This book is the first systematic study of the role of celebrations and public holidays in the Arab Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the present. By tracing the history of the modern nation-state through successive generations, the book shows how Arab rulers have used public holidays as a means of establishing their legitimacy and, more broadly, a sense of national identity. Most recently, some states have attempted to nationalize religious festivals in the face of the Islamic revival. With its many illustrations and copious examples from across the region, the book offers an alternative perspective on the history and politics of the Middle East."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record and online resource (Cambridge Books Online, viewed December 8, 2015)
Subject Arabs -- Social life and customs.
Festivals -- Middle East -- History.
Holidays -- Middle East -- History.
Nationalism -- Middle East -- History.
Middle East -- Politics and government.
Middle East -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010053216
ISBN 0511734743 (electronic bk.)
1139091158 (electronic bk.)
1139092049 (electronic bk.)
1139093061 (electronic bk.)
9780511734748 (electronic bk.)
9781139091152 (electronic bk.)
9781139092043 (electronic bk.)
9781139093064 (electronic bk.)
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