Assoc. Prof Dr. Nur Köprülü made a speech at Bucharest University on “Nation and State formation in the Middle East”
Date Added: 02 April 2019, 07:33
Last Updated Date:19 November 2020, 11:57

Head of Department of Political Sciences of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü, made a speech regarding State Construction Processes and Identity Policies in the Middle East in the capital of Romania, Bucharest at a conference titled as From Polarization to Dialogue: Cultural, Religious and Political Discourse Formation in Europe and the Middle East.

According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Assoc Prof Dr Nur Köprülü has been invited to the conference by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilisation Centre of Excellence of the World Academy of Art and Science where she provided details on her study on Nation-State Construction Processes and Identity Politics in the Middle East and in particular the study of the regimes governed by kingdom.

It was stated that the conference was held at Faculty of Law of Bucharest University and Assoc Prof Dr Nur Köprülü stated that the Emir of Jordan passed under British mandate management in 1921 and he was one of the most artificially organized in the Arab Middle East. Moreover, she stated that following Jordan's independence, state and nation-building efforts were a painful process. Also, Hashemi family who established Jordan today not a native of Jordan and had migrated from Hejaz to Jordan. After the annexation of the Kingdom of Jordan in 1950 following the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli War of the Palestinian Territories (the West-Bank), the two sides of the Jordan River (East and West) were united, then the country was named Jordan. She further stated that Jordan was the only Arab country to grant Palestinian immigrants citizenship when it was decided to include the West-Bank in the land after the war. Resultantly, the country began to host a large number of Palestinian refugees.

Provided details about the political process in the Middle East after the Arab Spring …
Although a new identity policy for the controlled integration of the Palestinians of Palestinian origin into the existing system was used, the relatively low representation of the Palestinians of Palestinian origin in the political arena would cause the Palestinian-Jordanians to call for-political reform in the future. The course of the nation and identity policies of the country since 1946 and the phases passed were discussed. Furthermore, after the Arab Spring, the process of political change in the region as well as the public uprisings faced by the countries and how the regimes responded were examined. Finally, a comparison of the acceleration of Tunisia in the process of democratization in the region with the examples of Egypt, Morocco and Jordan was made.