The Struggle to Invent Qatari Nationalism

The country is trying to forge a sense of national unity, without much success.

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Nations naturally develop when a group of people with specific cultural traits and similar aspirations form a community of interest. Symbols that reflect these traits and aspirations have often been used to foster a sense of unity among the population – a sense of nationalism. Such is the case in Qatar. The country has a […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.