A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel

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Princeton University Press, Feb 3, 2008 - History - 357 pages

It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind, A History of Palestine offers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution.

Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun Krämer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews, A History of Palestine tells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.

 

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Contents

Chapter One Names and Borders
1
Chapter Two The Holiness of the Holy Land
18
Palestine 17501840
37
Chapter Four The Age of Reform 18401914
71
Zionism and Arabism
101
Chapter Six A Land without a People for a People without
128
Chapter Seven World War I and the British Mandate
139
Chapter Eight Double Standard or Dual Obligation
164
Chapter Nine Two Peoples in One Land
188
Chapter Ten The Mufti and the Wailing Wall
216
Chapter Eleven From Unrest to Uprising
238
Chapter Twelve The Arab Uprising 193639
264
From World
296
Bibliography
325
Index
343
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Gudrun Krämer is professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Her books include A History of Islam and The Jews in Modern Egypt.

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