Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness

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Columbia University Press, 1997 - Social Science - 309 pages
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Since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, Palestinians have spread out across the region - in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, as well as the occupied territories of Israel itself. Beginning with World War I, and across the geographical borders of their diaspora, this volume explores the evolution of a Palestinian national identity that developed in spite of, and in some cases because of, the obstacles it faced. It illuminates the sources of collective Palestinian identity from the late Ottoman Empire onward: religious beliefs; ethnic backgrounds; local loyalties; education; and external forces such as Zionism.
  

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A very informative book about how the Palestinian national identity was formed thorough time. He has a depth of knowledge about the history of the period from pre WWI on. I also found him giving a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

This is certainly a precise and well-done history. Whenever any informative document comes to me from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I'm immediately suspicious of the author's motives. But Khalidi ... Read full review

Contents

Contrasting Narratives
9
Cultural Life and Identity
35
Competing and Overlapping
63
Elements of Identity
119
The Formation of Palestinian
145
The Disappearance
177
Notes
211
Bibliograph
267
Index
287
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Rashid Khalidi is professor of history and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago, and past president of the Middle East Studies Association.

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