Amman: City in the Middle, An Overview | Marwan Hanania

Lecture | November 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Marwan Hanania, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A vast urban space inhabited by over 4 million people, Amman occupies a strategic position in the Levant. Despite meager resources and the arrival of continuous waves of Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian migrants, the city has remained relatively peaceful over the course of its modern history. This presentation will highlight some of the characteristics that have defined the Jordanian capital's urban development and political identity. We will also look at the challenges that the Amman faces today, including a troubled economy and a tense regional environment.

Marwan Daoud Hanania is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently working on a monograph about the history of Amman that considers the regional role that the Jordanian capital has played as a gathering place for refugees fleeing conflict and as an engine for local stability. Dr. Hanania is also working on a number of other research projects, including an examination of the contributions of Middle Eastern Christianity to Christian and Muslim thought and a short book project that seeks to demystify key concepts pertaining to Middle Eastern history and politics to general audiences.

Dr. Hanania was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. He received his B.A. with honors in Government from Cornell University, M.A. in Middle East Regional Studies from Harvard University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. Dr. Hanania has taught at Stanford University, Coastal Carolina University, the American University of Sharjah, the University of Nevada, Reno, and San Diego Mesa College.

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