Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine

Hardcover | September 1, 2011

byLaura Robson

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Drawing on a rich base of British archival materials, Arabic periodicals, and secondary sources, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine brings to light the ways in which the British colonial state in Palestine exacerbated sectarianism. By transforming Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious identities into legal categories, Laura Robson argues, the British ultimately marginalized Christian communities in Palestine. Robson explores the turning points that developed as a result of such policies, many of which led to permanent changes in the region's political landscapes. Cases include the British refusal to support Arab Christian leadership within Greek-controlled Orthodox churches, attempts to avert involvement from French or Vatican-related groups by sidelining Latin and Eastern Rite Catholics, and interfering with Arab Christians' efforts to cooperate with Muslims in objecting to Zionist expansion. Challenging the widespread but mistaken notion that violent sectarianism was endemic to Palestine, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine shows that it was intentionally stoked in the wake of British rule beginning in 1917, with catastrophic effects well into the twenty-first century.

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Drawing on a rich base of British archival materials, Arabic periodicals, and secondary sources, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine brings to light the ways in which the British colonial state in Palestine exacerbated sectarianism. By transforming Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious identities into legal categories, ...

Laura Robson is Assistant Professor of History at Portland State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:239 pages, 9.27 × 6.27 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292726538

ISBN - 13:9780292726536

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Note on TransliterationAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. Palestinian Christian Elites from the Late Ottoman Era to the British MandateChapter 2. Reinventing the Millet System: British Imperial Policy and the Making of Communal PoliticsChapter 3. The Arab Orthodox MovementChapter 4. Appropriating Sectarianism: The Brief Emergence of Pan-Christian Communalism, 1929–1936Chapter 5. Palestinian Arab Episcopalians under MandateEpilogue. The Consequences of SectarianismNotesBibliographyIndex

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"By focusing on the Christian experience in the mandate era, this work makes an important and provocative new contribution to the scholarship on Palestinian history . . . in clear and elegant prose." - Heather J. Sharkey, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Pennsylvania