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Arab Nationalism and State Formation: the Maghrib Experiences (2018_2_40_013)


Academic discussion on Arab nationalism has witnessed new developments in recent years, connecting itself to modern nationalism debates since the 1980s and to post-colonial theory and subaltern studies. However, the conventional literature on Arab nationalism has so far centred on the Mashriq (East Arab) regions, leaving aside the experience of Maghrib (West Arab) regions. In order to make a connection between studies on the Maghriq and the Mashriq and to reconsider some unquestioned premises and prejudices in the existing literature regarding Arab nationalism, this project deals with historical Maghrib cases. Among various issues, we focus on controversial topics such as regional identity and solidarity, the relationship between Arab nations and non-Arab minorities, and nationalism and colonial experiences, all in order to bring about new perspectives to the Arab nationalism debate.


April 2018 - March 2020

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Watanabe Shoko
[ Co-researcher ] Shinoda Tomoaki (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Research Fellow)
[ Co-researcher ] Kim Shinwoo
  • IDE Research Bulletin
  • Discussion Paper