religion and culture; the Middle East; nationalist narratives; colonialism
Zana B. Sahyouni attended George Mason University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies in 2014. She continued at George Mason University, where she received her Master of Arts in English in 2016. Her thesis, titled "At the Intersection of Religion, Nationality, and Territory: Zionist and Palestinian Nationalist Narratives and Counter Narratives in Cinema," reflects her research interests in religion and nationality, specifically in the Middle East. Born in ‘94 in Fairfax, Virginia, Sahyouni’s roots stem back to Diyarbakir, Turkey and Damascus, Syria. A lot of her work is influenced from her background.