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Elena D. Corbett


Banning Halloween and Other Narrative Diversions in Jordan

[Illustration by Imad Hajjaj]

We were just dusting off our annual “please observe Halloween responsibly” email message to students when bars and clubs began announcing via social media that they were cancelling their Halloween parties at the request of the government. Shortly thereafter, the Ministry of Interior confirmed this. It cited security concerns, such as some highly-publicized mob assaults on similar parties in recent years (invariably blamed on Islamists hurling accusations of “Satanism” and ...

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Elena D. Corbett


Elena D. Corbett is Resident Director of the CIEE Amman Study Center. Her book, Competitive Archaeology in Jordan: Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites, will be released next month by the University of Texas Press.