The Sense of Belonging The Politics of Archaeology in Modern Iraq

Magnus T. Bernhardsson

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI:
The Sense of Belonging The Politics of Archaeology in Modern Iraq

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This chapter examines the political aspect of archaeology in modern Iraq. It argues that Iraq's national identity has been forged to a large extent by its unique archaeological heritage. It discusses how Iraq used cultural nationalism or paradigmatic nationalism to demonstrate through archaeology how its modern and ethnically diverse population is tied to the various peoples and periods of the country's recent and distant past. Archaeology and ancient history thus helped foster a distinct sense of Iraqiness that has made Iraqis proud of their nation and their history.

Keywords: archaeology; Iraq; national identity; archaeological heritage; cultural nationalism; paradigmatic nationalism

Chapter.  6727 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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