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Gendered ParadoxesEducating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress$
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Fida Adely

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226006901

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226006925.001.0001

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Jordan and the al-Khatwa Secondary School for Girls: People, Place, and Time

Jordan and the al-Khatwa Secondary School for Girls: People, Place, and Time

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Gendered Paradoxes

Fida J. Adely

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the story of the making of Jordan, which is a story of a British-imposed state and Hashemite efforts to create a nation and a national narrative that had the Hashemites at their center. An independent state was declared in 1946, but full independence from the British, who continued to control the military, did not come until 1956. According to Andrew Shryock, it was after 1956 that the project of creating a national identity began in earnest, but even before then, the expansion of state bureaucracy and military control laid the groundwork for the ideological work to come. Thus, the making of Jordan was a multipronged process of exerting physical control over the land, constructing the state as the “supratribe” that would provide security and services through the extension of state institutions, and creating a national history and tradition through the ideological work of these institutions, central among them schools.

Keywords:   Jordan, British-imposed state, Hashemites, Andrew Shryock, national identity, tradition, supratribe

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