Haifa: Transformation of an Arab Society, 1918-39

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I.B.Tauris, Nov 17, 2000 - History - 256 pages
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Now available in paperback, May Seikaly’s critically acclaimed book looks at the process by which the Arab community of Haifa was transformed during a crucial period in the history of modern Palestine by British mandatory rule, the advent of Zionism and internal dynamics. British mandatory rule created a new infrastructure of urban life in Haifa and attracted a large number of Arabs to the city. But while the development of Zionist economic enterprises was facilitated and the Jewish immigrant population grew, the spheres in which the Arab population could develop were limited. May Seikaly considers the social and economic structure of Haifa before 1918 and examines the process of change which took place. She looks at the attempts by the Arab community to cope with increasingly unfavourable economic and political conditions, showing how the impotence of the leadership, hardship and dislocating conditions, caused popular grievances and frustration and culminated in the revolt of 1936-9 which had its breeding ground in Haifa.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
the Town in 1918
13
1 Physical Characteristics of Haifa in 1918
15
2 Demography and Distribution of Haifas Communities
19
3 The Economic Social and Political Structure of Haifas Society in 1918
26
PART TWO British Policy and the Development of Haifa
45
4 The Demographic Transformation of Haifa 191839
47
the Municipality and its Functions
52
10 Land and Housing Policy
122
11 Labour Policy
133
PART FOUR The Political Transformation of Haifas Arab Community
149
Prologue
151
12 Transition into the British Orbit
160
13 The Phase of Political Fragmentation
182
14 Radicalization of the National Forces
217
the Path to Revolution
240

Policies and the New Quarters
61
7 British Plans and Projects
72
PART THREE The Evolution of the Economic Sectors
79
a Jewish Monopoly
81
9 Banking and Commerce
98
APPENDIX Haifas Prominent Arab Families 191839
263
Bibliography
267
Index
276
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