Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine

9780292747654: Paperback
Release Date: 1st December 2012

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Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 239

Series Jamal and Rania Daniel Series in Contemporary History, Politics, Culture, and Religion of the Levant

University of Texas Press

Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine

Paperback / £20.99

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.

  • Note on Transliteration
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Palestinian Christian Elites from the Late Ottoman Era to the British Mandate
  • Chapter 2. Reinventing the Millet System: British Imperial Policy and the Making of Communal Politics
  • Chapter 3. The Arab Orthodox Movement
  • Chapter 4. Appropriating Sectarianism: The Brief Emergence of Pan-Christian Communalism, 1929–1936
  • Chapter 5. Palestinian Arab Episcopalians under Mandate
  • Epilogue. The Consequences of Sectarianism
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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

"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