The new Palestinian textbooks: A strategy for national identity and self-determination

Samira Alayan*, Celia Riley

*Corresponding author for this work

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As part of an effort to establish a national identity within the education sector, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) revised its 2018/2019 textbooks. This study seeks to understand the motivation behind the revisions, focusing on how the new content depict ‘the self’ and ‘the other’. Through our analysis, it was discovered that the textbooks should be seen as an extension of the Palestinian struggle for nation-building and self-determination. The PNA's strategy to curricula development represents a departure from the previous Oslo framework with a focus on historical Palestine and defining ‘the other’ on their own terms.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalNations and Nationalism
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. Nations and Nationalism published by Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • Palestinian Nationalism
  • education curricula
  • national identity
  • textbooks


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