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Iraq : The Search for National Identity - Liora Lukitz


The Search for National Identity

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1995
ISBN: 9780714645506
Number Of Pages: 256

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The 1990-1991 crisis in the Middle East and the disturbances that followed in Iraq's Kurdish and Shi'i areas have starkly exposed deep-seated divisions in the Iraqi population. Iraq has essentially been dismembered along the lines of the three Ottoman provinces that were arbitrarily assembled into a state by the British after the First World War.
This book examines the complexities stemming from this situation. It focuses on the intertwined and contradictory cultural, political and religious divisions in Iraqi society during the country's formative years, 1920-1960, offers a new explanation of the social categories and 'cultural packages' in conflict since Iraqi's inception as a modern state, and points out the reasons behind the unity or fragmentation of group connections, loyalties and identities.
By explaining the volatile nature of 'class' associations, and then redefining 'class' as 'social groups', conditioned primarily by communal and religious affiliations. Dr. Lukitz establishes improved terms of comparison in a situation where the sheer number of conflicts creates an ambiguity of identity and meaning. Iraq: The Search for National Identity shows why the factors that normally express a nation's statehood, such as its army or national political parties, cannot forge national unity while preserving the supremacy of one section of society over others. The Shi'i soldiers' feeble identification with Saddam Hussein's goals, compared with the loyalty of the Sunni Republican Guards, is a notable examples of the lack of national cohesion.

Abbreviationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
p. 11
Formal Independence and Informal Implications: Treaties, Agreements and State-Formationp. 13
The Northern Provinces in the 1920s and 1930sp. 22
The Southern Provinces in the 1920s and 1930sp. 50
Contexts, Textures and Nationalismp. 72
p. 105
The Search for a National Identityp. 107
The Northern Provinces in the 1940sp. 122
The Southern Provinces in the 1940sp. 129
Shifting Loyalties, Accomplished Identities? the 1950sp. 136
Afterwordp. 156
Notesp. 160
Glossaryp. 184
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 206
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ISBN: 9780714645506
ISBN-10: 0714645508
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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