The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance by Mansour NasasraThe Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance by Mansour Nasasra

The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance

byMansour Nasasra

Hardcover | May 2, 2017

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Conventional wisdom positions the Bedouins in southern Palestine and under Israeli military rule as victims or passive recipients. In The Naqab Bedouins, Mansour Nasasra rewrites this narrative, presenting them as active agents who, in defending their community and culture, have defied attempts at subjugation and control. The book challenges the notion of Bedouin docility under Israeli military rule and today, showing how they have contributed to shaping their own destiny.

The Naqab Bedouins represents the first attempt to chronicle Bedouin history and politics across the last century, including the Ottoman era, the British Mandate, Israeli military rule, and the contemporary schema, and document its broader relevance to understanding state-minority relations in the region and beyond. Nasasra recounts the Naqab Bedouin history of political struggle and resistance to central authority. Nonviolent action and the strength of kin-based tribal organization helped the Bedouins assert land claims and call for the right of return to their historical villages. Through primary sources and oral history, including detailed interviews with local indigenous Bedouins and with Israeli and British officials, Nasasra shows how this Bedouin community survived strict state policies and military control and positioned itself as a political actor in the region.

Mansour Nasasra is lecturer in Middle East politics and international relations at the Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Nasasra has taught at the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, and the Hebrew University. He was a research fellow at the Council for British Research in the Levant and...
Title:The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and ResistanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231175302

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and TablesNotes on Transliteration AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Understanding the State Project: Power, Resistance, and Indigeneity2. Ruling the Desert: Ottoman Policies Toward the Frontiers3. British Colonial Policies for the Southern Palestine and Transjordan Bedouin, 1917-19484. Envisioning the Jewish State Project5. The Emergence of Military Rule, 1949-19506. Reshaping the Tribes' Historical Order, 1950-1952: Border Issues, Land Rights, IDPs, and UN Intervention7. Traditional Leadership, Border Economy, Resistance, and Survival, 1952-19568. The Second Phase of Military Rule, 1956-19639. The End of Military Rule and Resistance to Urbanization Plans, 1962-196710. Postmilitary Rule, the Oslo Era, and the Contemporary Prawer Debate11. The Ongoing Denial of Bedouin Rights and Their Nonviolent ResistanceNotesReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

A book like no other. Nasasra tells the riveting story of the Palestinian Bedouins of the Naqab and Bi?r al-Saba? from the late Ottoman era until today, opening up a new vista for understanding the place of indigeneity in the Middle East and highlighting resistance and power relations that shadow the lives of the Naqab Bedouins. Particularly strong is his discussion on indigeneity scholarship in reference to international law. Nasasra has not just written a book on Bedouins-he has given a voice to the most marginalized among the Palestinians in Israel.