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Circassians

  • Chen BramEmail author
  • Yasmine Shawwaf
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Abstract

Circassians, although a small minority, are intertwined in government and civil service, and are concentrated in the army and security forces. Their historical role as the founders of modern Amman and their alliance with the Hashemite court make them an emblem of modern urban Jordanian identity. At the same time, Circassians are a non-Arab Muslim group striving to maintain their identity and heritage. In recent decades, there has been a rise of a more salient “diasporic consciousness” among them. The combination of economic success and inclusive relationships with other Jordanians raises challenges of ethnic and cultural preservation.

Keywords

Circassians Non-Arab Muslim minority Trans-national diaspora Jordanian identity Diaspora nationalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Truman Institute for the Advancement of PeaceHebrew University of Jerusalem, and Hadassah Academic CollegeJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Independent ResearcherWorcesterUSA

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