This article offers a close reading of the first geography textbook printed by the Ministry of Education after the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan annexed the West Bank in 1950. Examining the Hashemite regime's early curricular attempts to incorporate its new Palestinian citizens, refugees and otherwise, the article highlights the tactics used to achieve these ends, namely a topographic centralization of Jordan, an erasure of human geography in favor of a natural one, and the foreclosure of other forms of national attachment and belonging. The discussion seeks to expand our understanding of one of the most significant narrative materials confronted by Palestinians in the aftermath of the Nakba, seeing in it a possible mechanism by which to understand the challenges to Palestinian demands for a self-determined education.
A Primer for a New Terrain: Palestinian Schooling in Jordan, 1950
Mezna Qato is junior research fellow at King's College, University of Cambridge, and Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Academy of Education. She is completing a book on the history of education for Palestinians under Jordanian rule.
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Mezna Qato; A Primer for a New Terrain: Palestinian Schooling in Jordan, 1950. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 November 2018; 48 (1): 16–32. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2018.48.1.16
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