Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiii

I am indebted to many for their assistance and support as I wrote this book, and it is a pleasure to have this opportunity to express my appreciation. I began this project as a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, where I came to study Jewish history with Yosef...

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Note on Transliterations

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pp. xiii-xvi

In transliterating Arabic and Ottoman Turkish, I have generally followed the International Journal of Middle East Studies transliteration guide. In transliterating Hebrew and...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

On the final Saturday of October 1909, two members of Palestine’s intellectual elite met for an interview in Jerusalem. Eliezer (Perelman) Ben-Yehuda, fifty-one at the time, had immigrated to...

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CHAPTER 1: Locating the Zionist-Arab Encounter: Local, Regional, Imperial, and Global Spheres

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pp. 15-38

When Muhammad Ruhi al-Khalidi and Eliezer Ben-Yehuda sat together that Saturday in October 1909, they met in Jerusalem. Where, though, was Jerusalem in the...

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CHAPTER 2: Muhammad Ruhi al-Khalidi’s “as-Sayūnīzm”: An Islamic Theory of Jewish History in Late Ottoman Palestine

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pp. 39-92

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda published his interview of Muhammad Ruhi al-Khalidi for the readers of Ben-Yehuda’s Hebrew daily newspaper ha-Ẓevi. 1 In the interview, al-Khalidi rejected the...

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CHAPTER 3: “Concerning Our Arab Question”? Competing Zionist Conceptions of Palestine’s Natives

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pp. 93-130

In a 1913 internal Zionist memorandum, “Concerning Our Arab Question,” the Galician-born Hebrew writer and educator Yehoshua Radler-Feldmann, who had immigrated to...

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CHAPTER 4: Imagining the “Israelites”: Fin de Siècle Arab Intellectuals and the Jews

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pp. 131-184

Among the peculiarities of history is that Egypt has today become a place of refuge for the Jews coming from Palestine,” notes the author of “The Jews and the War,” an article published...

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CHAPTER 5: Translation and Conquest: Transforming Perceptions through the Press and Apologetics

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pp. 185-234

One could hardly fathom a more evocative example of the complex role of language and translation in the encounter between Zionists and Arabs in Late Ottoman Palestine: an urgent call in...

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Conclusion

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pp. 235-248

My argument—that religion and race were central modes of perception and identification of others in the Arab-Zionist encounter—has a number of important implications for our understanding of the emergence of nationalisms in Palestine. First, it is worth highlighting the...

Bibliography

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pp. 249-268

Index

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pp. 269-290