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Title: Archaeology, Politics, and Identity in the Modern Middle East
Description: Our understanding of the past is profoundly impacted by political ideologies of the present. In this course, we explore the use (and abuse) of archaeological pasts among modern nation states in the Middle East since the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. Discussing the constructions of secular modernity in the formation of modern nation states in the Middle East, we explore various case studies of the integration of imagined ancient pasts in the making of collective identities and state ideologies: the establishment of archaeological practice in the late Ottoman Empire and the foundation of the Imperial archaeological museum, the role of archaeology in the formation of the modern nation states of Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, and Israel. While we explore the related archaeological activities that intended to satisfy such needs, we interrogate how the pervasive force of archaeology become nationalistic obsessions from the late 19th century to this day.
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Name: Omur Harmansah
Online Course: No
Affiliation: Brown University
Field: Archaeology
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Advanced
Student Type: Graduate,Undergraduate
Class Size: Up to 20
Geography: Middle East

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