Holy Land Studies

Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal
Volume 5, Number 1, May 2006


    Rose, John.
  • Liberating Jewish History from its Zionist Stranglehold: Rediscovering Abram Leon
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    Subject Headings:
    • Léon, Abraham, 1917 or 8-1944.
    • Jews -- Economic conditions.
      Abram Leon (1918-1944), the Jewish revolutionary socialist who perished in Auschwitz, is best known for his manuscript, The Jewish Question, written during the Second World War and published posthumously. Leon analysed the Jewish trading role in medieval Europe. He developed Karl Marx's argument that it is economics rather than religion that has sustained Jewish history between antiquity and modernity. The essay demonstrates how recent Jewish scholarship has confirmed Leon's approach – even though Leon himself is often ignored. The essay uses the historical evidence to throw new light on that lachrymose Zionist perspective on Jewish history in Europe that sees – in the words of Theodor Herzl (1860–1904) – only 'Eighteen Centuries of Jewish Suffering'.
    Abu-Saad, Ismael, 1958-
  • Palestinian Education in Israel: The Legacy of the Military Government
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    Subject Headings:
    • Palestinian Arabs -- Education -- Israel -- History.
    • Education and state -- Israel -- History.
    • Education -- Political aspects -- Israel -- History.
      This essay analyses the ways in which the military government (1948-1966) and its policies positioned the Palestinian Arab community in Israeli society, with a particular focus on public education. The educational system for the Palestinian Arab community developed within the context of military government, and while the formal administrative structures have changed, the legacy of using education as a tool for political purposes has endured and continues to define the educational experience of indigenous Palestinian Arab students in Israel today. Despite the formal abolition of the military government in the mid-sixties, its ongoing legacy continues to shape educational policy and practice, as well as the broader status of the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.
    Jensen, Michael Irving.
  • 'Re-Islamising' Palestinian Society 'From Below': Hamas and Higher Education in Gaza
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jamiah al-Islamiyah (Gaza)
    • Palestinian Arabs -- Education, Higher -- Gaza Strip.
    • Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyah.
      This essay is a contribution to the field of studies that explores how Islamist movements promote social and educational activities 'from below'. It approaches the issue of Islamism and higher education through the efforts of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and its reformist educational activities at the Islamic University of Gaza, which is a major stronghold of the movement. The essay illustrates how the university defines and understands its role in Palestinian society. It offers empirical data and further insights into the ways in which young students respond to and absorb the leadership's efforts to carry out what might be described as the 're-Islamisation' processes of Palestinian society 'from below': the Islamic state in Palestine would be the result of a gradual, incremental process of 're-Islamisation', to be achieved primarily by education and social action 'from the bottom up'.
    Haija, Rammy M.
  • The Armageddon Lobby: Dispensationalist Christian Zionism and the Shaping of US Policy Towards Israel-Palestine
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    Subject Headings:
    • Christian Zionism -- United States.
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Israel.
    • Israel -- Foreign relations -- United States.
      This article investigates the history of contemporary Christian Zionism in the United States and the impact of this movement on US policy issues related to Israel-Palestine. Dispensationalist Christian Zionists, often described the 'Armageddon lobby', make up the largest voting bloc in the Republican Party and have become a mainstay in US politics. More recently, the Christian Zionist lobby has had a profoundly damaging impact on the Israeli-Palestinian 'peace process' as well as creating a conspiracy of silence regarding Israeli offensives in the occupied Palestinian territories. Though the 'Armageddon lobby' has been successful in its efforts as a pro-Israel lobby, its influence is in fact counterproductive to Israel because the lobby hinders the prospect of Israel living in peace because of their policy of deterring the progression of negotiations.

Research Notes

    Masalha, Nur, 1957-
    Hayes, Michael.
  • Research Notes: A Comparative Study of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Fundamentalist Perspectives on Jerusalem: Implications for Inter-faith Relations
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sacred space -- Jerusalem.
    • Religious fundamentalism -- Middle East.
    • Christianity and other religions -- Judaism.
    • Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity.
    • Judaism -- Relations -- Islam.
    • Islam -- Relations -- Judaism.
    • Islam -- Relations -- Christianity.
    • Christianity and other religions -- Islam.

Review Article

    Docker, John.
  • Cosmopolitan Conversations: Settler Societies, Education and Decolonisation
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    Subject Headings:
    • Champagne, Duane, ed. Indigenous and minority education: international perspectives on empowerment.
    • Abu-Saad, Ismael, 1958-, ed.
    • Terry, Janice J. U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East: the role of lobbies and special interest groups.
    • Indigenous peoples -- Education.
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East.

Book Reviews

    Berry, Mike, 1967-
  • Manufacturing Consent? The Israeli Media and the Al-Aqsa Intifada
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dor, Daniel, 1963- Suppression of guilt: the Israeli media and the reoccupation of the West Bank.
    • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Press coverage -- Israel.
    Cook, Jonathan.
  • The Stand-Tall Generation
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rabinowitz, Dan, 1954- Coffins on our shoulders: the experience of the Palestinian citizens of Israel.
    • Abu Baker, Khawla.
    • Palestinian Arabs -- Israel.
    Marten, Michael.
  • Gender and Religion in the Middle East
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    Subject Headings:
    • Okkenhaug, Inger Marie, ed. Gender, religion and change in the Middle East: two hundred years of history.
    • Flaskerud, Ingvild, ed.
    • Women -- Middle East.

Books Received

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