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Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa

Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780253217981
ISBN 10: 253217989
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2006-03-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $27.00

"... constitutes an important and much needed intervention on the themes of memory and violence in Middle East studies." — Lisa Hajjar, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Middle East and North Africa form a region united by a common history of armed conflict and repeated international efforts at producing a lasting peace. This interdisciplinary collection explores the connections between memories of past violence and the violence of present memories, the context for all contemporary efforts at conflict resolution and reconciliation. The contributors examine the 1954—1962 Franco-Algerian war, the 1975—1991 Lebanese civil war, and the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict as interconnected struggles that outline national polities, infranational fractures, and transnational political connections. Insofar as national unity has been constructed on the contested claims of sacrifice and martyrdom, the legacy of violence has remained inscribed at the heart of political identity. The case studies point to the failure of current attempts to officially forget past conflicts, at the same time indicating local successes in commemorative actions that forge at least partial peaces between individuals and groups.

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