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Postgraduate Course: The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nations in Collision (PG Version) (IMES11073)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a detailed examination of the Arab-Israeli conflict from its beginnings in the late Ottoman period until the present day, discussing the growth of the Zionist movement, the emergence of Palestinian nationalism, the impact of the critical years of 1948 and 1967 that saw the establishment and consolidation of the state of Israel and the continuing dispossession of the Palestinians, and the ongoing attempts of forging a political solution since that time.
Course description The Arab-Israeli conflict stands as one of the most enduring and, some argue, most intractable political issues in the Middle East. This course offers a detailed examination of this ongoing struggle from its beginnings in the late Ottoman period until the present day, discussing the growth of the Zionist movement, the emergence of Palestinian nationalism, the impact of the critical years of 1948 and 1967 that saw the establishment and consolidation of the state of Israel and the continuing dispossession of the Palestinians, and the ongoing attempts of forging a political solution since that time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Ability to form an academically informed, independent and critical knowledge of the Arab-Israeli conflict
  2. Develop an in-depth understanding and knowledge of its dynamics through a detailed understanding of the conflict and a close examination of the main historical events, processes and actors that have shaped and continue to shape its dynamics in the Middle East
  3. Develop further ability to do secondary-source research.
  4. Present oral and written work clearly and effectively.
  5. Apply analytical skills to a reading of primary sources.
Reading List
Agha, Hussein and Robert Malley, 'Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors', incl. in 'The Palestinian-Israeli Camp David Negotiations and Beyond', Journal of Palestine Studies Vol. 31, No. 1 (Autumn 2001) 62-85.

Anderson, Perry. 'Scurrying towards Bethlehem' New Left Review 10 (July-August 2001), 5-30. Afshar, Haleh (ed.) Women and Politics in the Third World (London and New York: Routledge, 1996).

Brown, Nathan, Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords, University of California Press, 2003.

Chomsky, Noam. Fateful Triangle: the United States, Israel and the Palestinians, (London, Pluto, 1st published 1983 but use updated edition 1999).

Cohen, Hillel, Good Arabs, The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967, UC press, 2011.

Davidson, Lawrence, America's Palestine: popular and official perceptions from Balfour to Israeli statehood, Gainesville, Fla. : University Press of Florida, 2001.

Dolphin, Ray, The West Bank Wall: Unmaking Palestine, London: Pluto, 2006

Doumani, Beshara B., 'Rediscovering Ottoman Palestine: Writing Palestinians into History', Journal of Palestine Studies 21 no. 2 (Winter 1992) 5-28.

Doumani, Beshara Rediscovering Palestine : merchants and peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900, Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, 1995

Finkelstein, Norman G. Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (London: Verso, 1995)

Goldberg, David J. To The Promised Land: A History of Zionist Thought (Penguin Books, 1996)

Gorny, Yosef, Zionism and the Arabs, 1882-1948: a study of ideology, Oxford, 1987

Gresh, Alain. The PLO: the struggle within; towards an independent Palestinian state, (revised and updated edition, London: Zed, 1988).

Hillel Cohen, The Rise and Fall of Arab Jerusalem, Palestinian Politics and the City since 1967, Routledge, 2011.

Hiltermann, Joost R. Behind the Intifada: Labor and Women's movements in the Occupied Territories (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991).

Jamal, Amal, Arab Minority Nationalism in Israel, Routledge, 2011.

Reinharz, Jehuda and Anita Shapira (eds), Essential Papers on Zionism, NY UP, 1996

Kaleh, Hala. The Intifada: the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; a bibliography of books and articles, 1987-1992 (Oxford: Middle East Libraries Committee, 1993).

Karmi, Ghada, 'The One-State Solution: An Alternative Vision for Israeli-Palestinian Peace', Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 40, no. 2 (Winter 2011)

Kazi, Hamida. 'Palestinian women and the national liberation movement: a social perspective' Khamsin 13, Women in the Middle East (London: Zed Press, 1987).

Kenneth W. Stein, 'Rural Change and Peasant Destitution: Contributing Causes to the Arab Revolt in Palestine 1936-39', in Farhad Kazemi and John Waterbury 9eds), Peasants and Politics in the Modern Middle East, Florida International UP: Miami, 1991.

Khalidi, Rashid, Palestinian Identity: the Construction of Modern National Consciousness (Columbia University Press, 1997).

Kimmerling, Baruch and Joel S. Migdal. The Palestinian People: a history. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Lewis, Geoffrey, Balfour and Weizmann: the Zionist, the Zealot and the emergence of Israel, London; New York : Continuum, 2009.

Lockman, Zachary, Comrades and Enemies, Comrades and enemies : Arab and Jewish workers in Palestine, 1906-1948 Berkeley ; London: University of California Press, 1996.

Lockman, Zachary and Joel Beinin (eds.), Intifada: the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation (London: I.B. Tauris, 1990).

Mahler, G. and Alden Mahler, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Routledge, 2009.

Makdisi, Saree, Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, London: WN Norton, 2010

Morris, Benny, 1948 and after: Israel and the Palestinians, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.

Morris, Benny, The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-1949, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Morris, Benny, The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem revisited, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Morris, Benny, Righteous victims: a history of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-2001 New York: Vintage Books, 2001.

Morris, Benny, The road to Jerusalem: Glubb Pasha, Palestine and the Jews, London :I.B. Tauris, 2002.

Morris, Benny, 1948: a history of the first Arab-Israeli war, New Haven, Conn.; London : Yale University Press, 2008.

Morris, Benny. Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-2001. New York: Vintage Books, 2001.

Pappe, Ilan, A History of Modern Palestine: one land, two peoples, 2nd ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Pappe, Ilan, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, London: One World, 2007

Pappé, Ilan, The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty, The Husaynis, 1700-1948, UC Press, 2011

Pappe, Ilan (ed.), The Israel/ Palestine Question: A Reader, 2nd edition, 2007.

Peled, Yoav. 'Profits or Glory' New Left Review 29 (Sept/Oct 2004). Gives an explanation and critique of Israeli involvement in Oslo.

Reinhart, Tanya, The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine since 2003, London: Verso, 2006

Robinson, Glenn E. Building a Palestinian state: the incomplete revolution, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.

Ross, Dennis, The Missing Peace: the inside story of the fight for Middle East peace, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

Roy, Sara Failing peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, London: Pluto, 2007.

Roy, Sara. 'Why Peace Failed: An Oslo Autopsy' in Current History (January 2002), 8-16.

Said, Edward W., The question of Palestine (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980).

_______, Peace and its Discontents: Gaza-Jericho, 1993-1995, 1st ed London: Vintage, 1995.

_______. The politics of dispossession: the struggle for Palestinian self-determination 1969-1994 (Vintage, 1995).

Sayigh, Yezid. 'Sovereignty and security of the Palestinian state' Journal of Palestine Studies 24 (summer 1995) 5-19.

Sayigh, Yezid. Armed Struggle and the Search for state: the Palestinian national movement 1949-1993 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Schiff, Ze'ev and Ehud Ya'ari, Intifada: the Palestinian uprising - Israel's third front (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989).

Schneer, Jonathan. The Balfour Declaration: the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, London: Bloomsbury, 2010.

Shafir, Gershon, Land, Labour and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1882-1914, Cambridge UP, 1989.

Shahak, Israel, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, London : Pluto Press, 1999.

Shlaim, Avi. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (London: Penguin Books, 2000).

Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Jewish People, Verso, 2010.

Slater, Jerome. 'What Went Wrong? The Collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process' in Political Science Quarterly Vol 116 No. 2 (Summer 2001), 171-199.

Smith, Charles D.. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. New York: St Martin's Press, 1992.

Tessler, Mark, A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Theodor Herzl, The Jewish state: an attempt at a modern solution of the Jewish question, 1972

Tibawi, Abdul Latif. Anglo-Arab relations and the question of Palestine, 1914-1921, London : Luzac, 1977.

Usher, Graham, Palestine in Crisis: the struggle for peace and political independence after Oslo, London: Pluto Press, 1995.

Usher, Graham. Dispatches from Palestine: the rise and fall of the Oslo Peace process (London: Pluto Press, 1999).

White, Ben, Israeli Apartheid, New York: Pluto, 2009.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in written form

2. Manage time and work to deadlines

3. Participate constructively in groups

4. Assess and respond to the ideas of others

5. Work independently and be self-reliant

6. Find information and use information technology
Special Arrangements PG Version of IMES11043
Course organiserDr Anthony Gorman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4183
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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