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Confronting an empire, constructing a nation : Arab nationalists and popular politics in mandate Palestine /
Weldon C. Matthews.
imprint
London : I. B. Tauris, 2006.
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342 p.
ISBN
1845111737 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
London : I. B. Tauris, 2006.
isbn
1845111737 (hbk.)
catalogue key
5882995
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-08-01:
Matthews (Oakland Univ., Michigan) focuses on the rise of Palestinian national identity since the 1920s in eight chapters that embrace the whole of the Mandate period. Resistance to British imperialism was interlinked with Palestinian identity, and independence was contingent on an inclusive nationalist ideology, according to the author. The eight chapters provide historical background and explain concepts employed throughout the book; show how crisis can stress existing institutions beyond their capacity to fulfill their functions; examine 1931 nationalist efforts to mobilize Palestinians around the idea of the Arab nation; treat the relationship of Islam to Arab nationalism through the example of the 1931 World Islamic Congress in Jerusalem, which pitted religion as a lever against the British while advocates of independence countered with a secular Pan-Arab nationalist; focus on the participation of nonelites; show the impact of Jewish immigration's effect on Palestinian economics and demographics since 1931; and explore the revolts of 1936-39 resulting in the demise of colonial control. This major work on the modern history of Palestine, enhanced by relevant primary documentation and appendixes, fills a gap in the knowledge of how a Palestinian identity was shaped. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. C. E. Farah University of Minnesota
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'Confronting An Empire, Constructing A Nation' examines the rise of nationalism in Palestinian politics. This book argues that the advocacy of nationalist identity was interlinked with resistance to British imperialism.
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This groundbreaking book re-examines the rise of nationalism in Palestinian politics, using a wide range of sources. Matthews argues that the advocacy of nationalist identity was inextricably interlinked with resistance to British imperialism. He probes early self-perceptions of Palestinian nationalism and its changing relationship with Islamic and pan-Arab identities.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Key Concepts and Historical Context
Nationalist Youth and Veteran Nationalists
The Arab Unity Scheme and the Beginnings of Popular Mobilization
An Islamic Congress, an Arab Congress, and the Istiqlal Party
Creating and Regulating the Palestinian Public Sphere
The Non-Cooperation Program
The Demonstrations of 1933
Through the Lens of 1936
Epilogue and Conclusions
Appendices This groundbreaking book re-examines the rise of nationalism in Palestinian politics, using a wide range of sources.
Matthews argues that the advocacy of nationalist identity was inextricably interlinked with resistance to British imperialism.
He probes early self-perceptions of Palestinian nationalism and its changing relationship with Islamic and pan-Arab identities
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