<i>The Sunni Arabs</i>: An Issue of Double Identity

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

The Sunni Arabs: An Issue of Double Identity

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This chapter talks about two words that made an emotional impact in Iraq during the 19th century. The two words are wataniyya and qawmiyya. Different meanings were given to these words as time passed. The frequency with which one word or the other of the two were used provides a measurement of tensions in the Iraqi community. Husayn's own definition of patriotism is also mentioned. He also likened Iraqi wattaniyya to a “tent in which the loyal sons of great Iraq find shelter, regardless of their political affinities.” Lastly, the standard-bearers of Arabism and the dialectics of “Iraqiness” and Arabism are explained.

Keywords: words; meaning; wattaniyya; qawmiyya; patriotism; political affinities; dialectics

Chapter.  4575 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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