Politics in Palestine: Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration, 1939-1948

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SUNY Press, 1991 - History - 318 pages
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This book presents a coherent picture of the origins of the Palestinian problem. The author offers an analysis of factionalism in Arab society, with a detailed examination of the social and political history of the Palestinian Arabs between 1939 and 1948. Khalaf weaves together the socio-economic, sociological, political, and politico-military dimensions that have led to social disintegration. He focuses on the role of the urban elite in perpetuating factionalism and using nationalism as a weapon to deflect opposition during a period of rapid social change.

For those who are concerned with peace in Israel, the book provides a meaningful historical appreciation of a highly-charged, emotionally-laden conflict.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introduction The Changing Social Basis and Context of Palestinian Arab Factionalist Politics The Dialectical Effects of Internal and External SocioEc...
7
State Society and Politics in Late Ottoman and Early Mandatory Palestine
9
SocioEconomic Change During the Latter Part of the Mandate Peasants Workers and Factionalism
25
Notables Merchants and Capitalists in the Arab Political Economy
45
Urban Notable Political Leadership Factionalism and Its Effects on National Integration
61
The Backdrop British Policy and Palestinian Politics in Regard to the White Paper 193941
63
Notable Politics I Futile Exercises in Leadership
90
The Reaper of Disunity External Interference and Internal Collapse 194748
159
Arab Politics and the Palestinians Nationalism Dynastic Intrigue and Political Ambitions
161
British Withdrawal War and Disintegration
199
Conclusion
231
NOTES
249
CHRONOLOGY
283
BIBLIOGRAPHY
293
INDEX
305

Notable Politics II External Threat Internal Domination
115
The Mufti Palestinian Politics and Efforts at SocioPolitical Unity of Arab Society
133

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About the author (1991)

Issa Khalaf is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loras College.

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