[P3049] Jews, Muslims and Christians in Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine: New Perspectives for Research

Created by Abigail Jacobson
Tuesday, 11/20/12 1:30pm


In recent years many exciting and innovative studies that shed new light on intercommunal dynamics and relations between Jews, Muslims and Christian in Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine have come out. By using new historical and linguistic methods, and by challenging existing categories and historical boundaries, these new works aim to offer a more nuanced and complicated framework through which the charged relations between different ethnic and national groups in Palestine can be studied.
This panel aims at bringing together some of these new perspectives, by offering a variety of works which all aim at analyzing the relations between Jews and non-Jews in Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine. The different papers suggest different methods and look at a variety of sources, and it is hence our hope that this panel will open the stage not only for a historical discussion, but also for a methodological and conceptual discussion regarding the complex relations between Jews and Arabs in historical Palestine, and the different ways of deciphering and understanding these relations. It is also our aim to open up the discussion for ideas and scholars coming from Jewish studies, who can enrich the discussion on Palestine as a mixed locale.
Some of the questions that will be addressed in the panel are what were the special relations between Jews from Middle East descent and Arabs in mandatory Palestine? Does their special perspective on the conflict vary than that of the Ashkenzai Jews? Other papers will focus on linguistic encounters and exchanges, and will explore both Arabic and Hebrew encounters of "the other", be it Jews or Arabs, and the ways by which these linguistic exchanges can teach us something about intercommunal relations and dynamics in late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine. The panel will also look closely at one moment of American foreign intervention in the history of Jews and Arabs in Palestine, and, through discursive analysis, will track the process of politization of confessional groups in the country.





Noah Haiduc-Dale

(Centenary University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;