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date: 19 November 2017

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This chapter discusses the emergence of nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on the Arab world between the late nineteenth century and the 1950s. Given the geographic coverage of neighboring chapters and the general tendency in the literature to focus on nationalism in the Levant (bilād al-shām) and Egypt, this chapter incorporates North African and transregional formations into the analysis. It considers the tensions and commonalities between “pan”-nationalisms and movements for territorial sovereignty, the circulation of intellectual and cultural influences, and the articulation of nationalism with the emergence of mass politics in the region between the First World War and the years of decolonization.

Keywords: nationalism, sovereignty, nation-state, mass politics, pan-Arabism

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