INAF-440 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Spring for 2013-2014
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This course will cover the historical roots of the conflict in the Middle East, and its current manifestations. The course will focus the central themes of ethnicity, identity, territorialism, and state formation in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Recent research on the conflict will be incorporated with classical readings, emphasizing the manner in which this conflict has been redefined in response to events on the ground, but also as a result of conceptual rethinking about sovereignty, displacement, ethnicity and culture.
The themes discussed in this course cover the following topics:
1. The origins of Zionism in 19th century central and Eastern Europe
2. Biblical and Orientalist conception of the Holy land.
3. Palestine and Syria in Ottoman strategies during the war
4. Ottoman and Mandate notions of citizenship
5. Imperial strategies and the formation of modern Palestine (Sykes-Picot, Balfour and Hussein-MacMahon)
6. Territorial contestation during the Mandate
7. The 1936-38 Rebellion and the Peel Commission Report
8. The Partition Plan of 1947 and the internationalization of Jerusalem
9. War and Dispersal—the making of the refugee problem and the rise of the PLO
10. Israel and the Occupied Territories—the debate within Labor and Revisionist Zionism about strategies of control and devolution—Dayan vs Alon
11. What strategy for the Palestinians? The two Intifadas, Resistance and accommodation
12. The Oslo Agreement and its consequences
13. Peace Negotiations: Palestine and Israel in an International context.
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