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The Arab-Israeli conflict has become a touchstone of international politics and a flash point on college campuses. And yet, how do faculty teach such a contentious topic in class? Taught not only in international relations, peace and conflict resolution, politics and history, and Israel and Middle Eastern studies courses but also in literature, sociology, urban planning, law, cinema, fine art, and business-the subject guarantees wide interest among students. Faculty are challenged to deal with the subject's complexity and the sensitive dynamics it creates. The result is anxiety as they approach the task and a need for guidance. Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict edited by Rachel S. Harris is the first book designed to meet this need. Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict brings together thirty-nine essays from experienced educators who reflect on the challenges of engaging students in college classrooms. Divided into seven sections, these personal essays cover a broad range of institutional and geographical settings, as well as a wide number of academic disciplines. Some of the topics include using graphic novels and memoirs to wrestle with the complexities of Israel/Palestine, the perils of misreading in the creative writing classroom as border crossing, teaching competing narratives through film, using food to teach the Arab-Israeli conflict, and teaching the subject in the community college classroom. Each essay includes suggestions for class activities, resources, and approaches to effective teaching. Whether planning a new course or searching for new teaching ideas, this collection is an indispensable compendium for anyone teaching the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxvii-xxviii
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xxix-xxxiv
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  1. Introduction to the History of the Region and the Conflict
  1. The Path to Genuine Peace? Historical Perspectives on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  2. Jacob Lassner
  3. pp. 3-18
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  1. Teaching Skills, Facing Challenges: What Happens in the Classroom?
  1. “Why Can’t We Just Create New Sacred Holy Sites?” Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict in a New England Public Liberal Arts University
  2. Caitlin Carenen
  3. pp. 21-27
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  1. Comics and Conflict: Using the Graphic Narrative to Wrestle with the Complexities of Israel/Palestine
  2. Janice W. Fernheimer
  3. pp. 28-42
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  1. Joe Sacco, Comics Journalism, and Respresentations of Israel
  2. Martin B. Shichtman
  3. pp. 43-50
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  1. Teaching the Conflict as a Critical Thinking (Dis)course
  2. Ashley Passmore
  3. pp. 51-57
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  1. Teaching Students How to Think, Not What to Think, about the Middle East Conflict
  2. Donna Robinson Divine
  3. pp. 58-62
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  1. Empathy, Access, Language, and Education: Learning to See the Other
  1. Teaching Literature to Arab and Jewish Students in Israel: Between National Identities, Languages, and Genders
  2. Adia Mendelson-Maoz
  3. pp. 65-71
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  1. Victim or Terrorist? On the Perils of Misreading and the Creative Writing Classroom as Border Crossing
  2. Marcela Sulak
  3. pp. 72-80
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  1. Representing the Homeland: Israel and Palestine Onstage
  2. Ellen W. Kaplan
  3. pp. 81-89
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  1. Darwish in the Transnational Classroom
  2. Beverly Bailis
  3. pp. 90-98
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  1. Surprised by Complexity: Empathy, Narrative, and Conflict in the Classroom
  2. Ranen Omer-Sherman
  3. pp. 99-107
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  1. Fictional Literature in Interdisciplinary Studies of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  2. Marilyn R. Tayler
  3. pp. 108-113
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  1. Communication, Conflict, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  2. Randall G. Rogan
  3. pp. 114-120
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  1. Competing Interpretations and Multiple Narratives: Teaching Diversity
  1. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Competing Narratives as a Focus
  2. Alan Dowty
  3. pp. 123-126
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  1. Teaching the 1948 War at the United States Naval Academy
  2. Shayna Weiss
  3. pp. 127-132
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  1. Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers: Depictions of Land in Israel/Palestine through Film
  2. Amy Weiss
  3. pp. 133-140
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  1. Teaching Competing Narratives through Film
  2. Olga Gershenson
  3. pp. 141-146
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  1. Teaching Jewish-Israeli, Arab-Israeli, and Palestinian Poetry Together
  2. Cary Nelson
  3. pp. 147-179
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  1. Dual Narrative Learning: Experiential Education in Palestine/Israel
  2. Oren Kroll-Zeldin
  3. pp. 180-186
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  1. A Course on Zionism and the Novel
  2. Russell A. Berman
  3. pp. 187-200
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  1. History, Politics, and Religion: Putting the Class(room) in Context
  1. Challenges of Teaching Middle Eastern Politics in a Non-Jewish, Non-Arab Muslim Country with an Imperial Past in the Region
  2. Umut Uzer
  3. pp. 203-209
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  1. India: Teaching Israel to the “Other”
  2. P. R. Kumaraswamy
  3. pp. 210-215
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  1. Exploring Middle East Politics in Various Classroom Settings
  2. Husam Mohamad
  3. pp. 216-226
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  1. How Resources Shape Pedagogy: Israel Studies at Cairo University
  2. Menna Abukhadra
  3. pp. 227-234
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  1. Where to Begin? Teaching the Conflict at San Diego State University, Jewish History, and John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl
  2. Peter C. Herman
  3. pp. 235-242
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  1. Jerusalem: Holy City of Conflict and Desire
  2. Rachel Feldhay Brenner
  3. pp. 243-249
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  1. Teaching the Value of Conflict: Intellectual Hospitality, Humanistic Pedagogy, and the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai
  2. Holli Levitsky
  3. pp. 250-257
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  1. Teaching Pluralism via the Arab-Israeli Conflict at a Catholic University
  2. Jeffrey Bloodworth
  3. pp. 258-264
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  1. Teaching about the Establishment of Israel in Florida’s Public Schools Using Primary Sources
  2. Terri Susan Fine
  3. pp. 265-272
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  1. The Personal and the Political: When the Outside World Intrudes on the Sacred Class Space
  1. Feeding Minds: Using Food to Teach the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  2. Ari Ariel
  3. pp. 275-281
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  1. Letting Politics into the Israeli-Palestinian Relations Classroom
  2. Mira Sucharov
  3. pp. 282-287
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  1. Seeing the Israeli: Teaching Palestinian Students
  2. Mya Guarnieri Jaradat
  3. pp. 288-293
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  1. Teaching the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in the Community College Classroom
  2. Susan Jacobowitz
  3. pp. 294-300
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  1. Grappling with the Arab-Israeli Conflict at a Historically Black College and University: Reflections on an Accidental Journey
  2. Rolin Mainuddin
  3. pp. 301-308
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  1. Thinking Differently and Creating New Paradigms: Teaching Israel/Palestine without Repeating History
  1. Teaching Israel/Palestine Studies
  2. Liora R. Halperin
  3. pp. 311-317
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  1. Teaching Israel Palestine: A Contrapuntal Reading of Savyon Liebrecht’s “A Room on the Roof” and Ghareeb Asqalani’s “Hunger”
  2. Philip Metres
  3. pp. 318-332
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  1. Israeli Narratives: Charting New Territories
  2. Shiri Goren
  3. pp. 333-338
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  1. Women On-Screen: Teaching Gender but Not History
  2. Rachel S. Harris
  3. pp. 339-344
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  1. Conclusion: How What We Teach Changes (and Changes Us)
  1. Teaching beyond the Conflict
  2. Joel S. Migdal
  3. pp. 347-354
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  1. Time Line: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Historical Context
  2. pp. 355-376
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 377-394
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  1. Annotated Filmography
  2. pp. 395-404
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 405-416
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 417-434
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