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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Middle East Studies

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Professor Ilai Saltzman

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The following thesis examines the identity-based implications of the disengagement from the West Bank, the Madrid Conference, the Oslo Accords, and the Peace Treaty with Israel on Palestinian identity in Jordan. The paper analyzes various sub-groups of Palestinian-Jordanians and their relationships with Jordanian and Palestinian identities; it then discusses the way in which Jordan’s narrative has been projected onto and internalized differently by its Transjordanian and Palestinian-Jordanian citizens. As the Jordanian government’s position shifted from “Jordan is Palestine” to “Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine,” this thesis exposes the tension inherent in hybridized Palestinian-Jordanian identities that developed in the absence of the possibility of return to Palestine over subsequent generations.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.