Rethinking Nationalism and an Appellative Conundrum: Historiography and Politics in Iraq

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Published in: National Identities, Volume 14, Issue 4


This article is meant to serve as a historiographical study of Iraq by reinserting a largely understudied people, the Assyrians, in an attempt to broaden the more common majoritiest perspective of Middle East studies. It does not intend to argue the validity of definitions of ‘nationness’ and nationalism, but seeks to provide a brief description of the variety of ways in which Assyrians have been both included and absent and from modern research on the Middle East and, more specifically, Iraq. Second, by doing this, it seeks to situate the Assyrians in the debate and historiography of Iraqi Studies.