Water, Power and Politics in the Middle East

The Other Israel-Palestine Conflict

Author: Jan Selby

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860649349

Category: Nature

Page: 275

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Jan Selby draws on numerous sources, from testimonies of local water engineers and administrators, to narrative accounts of citizens, and eyewitness accounts of people's coping strategies to examine the water crisis in the Middle East. He argues that the water crisis needs to be approached from a range of scales and perspectives -from the long historical patterns of state formation and development within which water crises emerge, to the practices through which people adapt to water shortages in the course of their everyday interaction-and frames the problems in relation to broader patterns of politics, political economy, state formation and development.

Power and Water in the Middle East

The Hidden Politics of the Palestinian-Israeli Water Conflict

Author: Mark Zeitoun

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857715852

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Power and Water in the Middle East' provides a powerful new perspective on the Palestinian-Israeli water conflict. Adopting a new approach to understanding water conflict - hydro-hegemony - the author shows the conflict to be much more deeply entrenched than previously thought and reveals how existing tactics to control water are leading away from peace and towards continued domination and a squandering of this vital resource.Existing approaches tend to play down the negative effects of non-violent water conflict, and what is presented as co-operation between countries often hides an underlying state of conflict between them. The new analytical framework of hydro-hegemony exposes the hidden dynamics of water conflict around the world and yields critical insights in to the Middle East water problem. This important work will interest researchers, professionals and policy makers involved with the politics of the Middle East and with water conflict more generally._x000D_ _x000D_ 'a compelling story of state-building, inter-state competition, and the central role that water plays in state development' - Water Alternatives_x000D_ _x000D_ 'washes away another colourful colonial myth and reveals a history of squandered resources, domestic injustice, and regional belligerence... Zeitoun's meticulous investigation of the conflict over water in the region is a convincing read ... it remains essential reading for anybody working on resource management through government ministries, national agencies, and NGOs in the region.' - Arab Studies Journal

Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The Politics of Self-perception in the Middle East

Author: Camelia Suleiman

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857720368

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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The conflict between Israel and Palestine is, and remains to be, one of the most widely- and passionately-debated issues in the Middle East and International Politics. An important part of this conflict is the dimension of self-perception of both Israelis and Palestinians caught up in its midst. Here, Camelia Suleiman, using her background in linguistic analysis, examines the interplay of language and identity, feminism and nationalism, and the how concepts of spatial and temporal boundaries affect self-perception._x000D_ _x000D_ She does this through interviews with peace activists from a variety of backgrounds: Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, Jewish Israelis, as well as Palestinians from Ramallah, officially holders of Jordanian passports. Asking these individuals, including Yael Dayan and Ilan Pappé, questions such as _x0018_What is Peace?_x0019_, _x0018_What motivates you personally to work towards peace?_x0019_ and _x0018_How do you see an end to the conflict?_x0019_, Suleiman analyses the construction of identity in the midst of violence and conflict. By emphasizing the importance of different levels of official and informal identity, Suleiman explores how self-perception is influenced, negotiated and manifested, and how places of birth and residence play a major role in this conflict. Crucially asking questions about the advantage or disadvantage of gender identity in peace activism, Suleiman brings out the power struggles and dynamics of the development of identity at the heart of the peace process and attempts at conflict resolution._x000D_ _x000D_ Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict holds vital first-hand analysis of the conflict and its impact upon both Israelis and Palestinians, making it crucial for anyone involved in Middle East Studies, Conflict Studies and International Relations.

Holy Land?

Challenging questions from the biblical landscape

Author: Andrew Mayes

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281066574

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Holy Land? draws us into the evocative landscape of the Holy Land itself. Sacred yet scarred, the lands of the Bible stimulate us to think about a range of issues that are both urgent and timeless. In Jerusalem, 'a veritable melting pot of cultures', we meditate on the question, 'What is home?' At the River Jordan, where John the Baptist delivered his radical call to repentance and baptism, we ask, 'Who am I?' In the cave of Christ's burial and resurrection in the Holy Sepulchre, we wonder, 'How can I face the darkness?' Confronted by the vast desolation of the desert, we cry, 'Dare I be alone with God?' And negotiating the obstacle-strewn Road to Emmaus, we consider, 'Am I ready for change?' Holy Land? will benefit those preparing to undertake a physical pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and those seeking a spiritual resource to deepen the life of faith and discipleship.

Across the Wall

Narratives of Israeli-Palestinian History

Author: Ilan Pappé,Jamil Hilal

Publisher: I.B. Tauris

ISBN: 1848853459

Category: History

Page: 462

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Proceeding from this innovative theoretical framework. Across the Wall then goes on to offer critical examinations of some of the most contested issues in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the 1948 Nakba, the 1967 war, the occupation, and the formation of the PLO. Not only the history, but the historiography itself is subject to fresh perspectives. looking at, for example, how different generations of Israeli historians have interpreted the Zionist movement, or how women have been written out of the history of Palestine. --

The Failure of the Two-State Solution

The Prospects of One State in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Author: Hani A. Faris

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857734237

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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Diplomats, politicians and activists alike have long laboured under the assumption that a two-state solution is the only path to peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But as this goal has not come to fruition, and the ever-elusive scepter of peace slips further from reach, violence and instability deepen. This book discusses another - until recently unthinkable - option: a single bi-national state in Israel-Palestine, with all inhabitants sharing in equal rights and citizenship, regardless of ethnicity or faith. It is the first rigorous exploration of this innovative and controversial alternative that has entered the discourse surrounding the peace process. With scholars from both sides of the conflict analysing the possibility of a one-state solution and the shortcomings of the two-state track, this is an important and ground-breaking book for students of Politics, International Relations, Peace Studies and Middle East Studies and all interested in the resolution of this intractable conflict. Contributors include Omar Barghouti, Nadia Hijab, Gharda Karmi, Ilan Pappe, Gabriel Piterberg, Virginia Tilley and Husam Zomlot.

Palestine in Israeli School Books

Ideology and Propaganda in Education

Author: Nurit Peled-Elhanan

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 085773069X

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Each year, Israel’s young men and women are drafted into compulsory military service and are required to engage directly in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This conflict is by its nature intensely complex and is played out under the full glare of international security. So, how does Israel’s education system prepare its young people for this? How is Palestine, and the Palestinians against whom these young Israelis will potentially be required to use force, portrayed in the school system? Nurit Peled-Elhanan argues that the school books used in the educational system are embued with an anti-Palestinian ideology, and that they play a part in priming Israeli children for military service. Since Israeli young men and women are drafted into the army immediately after graduating from high school, and are sent to carry out Israeli policy in the Palestinian occupied territories, a critical reading of their school books may have crucial importance for them and their teachers who usually do not look for subtexts, because they do not think subtexts exist. Peled-Elhanan therefore explores the presentation of images, maps, layouts, bullet points, narrative and use of language in History, Geography and Civic Studies school books, and reveals how the books are seen to marginalize Palestinians, legitimize Israeli military action and reinforce Jewish-Israeli territorial identity. Examining the various ways in which school books project certain messages, Peled-Elhanan offers an analysis of the perpetuation of the dominant conceptual framework of not only historians and writers of these books, but also that of politicians, generals and other manipulators of discourses. This book provides a fresh scholarly contribution to the Israeli-Palestinian debate, and by critically analyzing the language of governance and power, will be relevant to the fields of Middle East Studies and Politics more widely.

Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Politics of Women's Resistance

Author: Simona Sharoni

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815602996

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 199

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This text stresses the relationship between gender and politics by illuminating the daily experiences of women in Israel and in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Issues covered include: the violence against women; the link between militarism and sexism; and the role of nationalism.

Sowing Crisis

The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East

Author: Rashid Khalidi

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807003107

Category: History

Page: 308

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From "the foremost U.S. historian of the modern Middle East" ("L.A. Times") comes a powerful argument that the global conflicts now playing out explosively in the Middle East were significantly shaped by the Cold War era.

Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1929

Author: Hillel Cohen

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

ISBN: 1611688124

Category: History

Page: 312

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In late summer 1929, a countrywide outbreak of Arab-Jewish-British violence transformed the political landscape of Palestine forever. In contrast with those who point to the wars of 1948 and 1967, historian Hillel Cohen marks these bloody events as year zero of the Arab-Israeli conflict that persists today. The murderous violence inflicted on Jews caused a fractious - and now traumatized - community of Zionists, non-Zionists, Ashkenazim, and Mizrachim to coalesce around a unified national consciousness arrayed against an implacable Arab enemy. While the Jews unified, Arabs came to grasp the national essence of the conflict, realizing that Jews of all stripes viewed the land as belonging to the Jewish people. Through memory and historiography, in a manner both associative and highly calculated, Cohen traces the horrific events of August 23 to September 1 in painstaking detail. He extends his geographic and chronological reach and uses a non-linear reconstruction of events to call for a thorough reconsideration of cause and effect. Sifting through Arab and Hebrew sources - many rarely, if ever, examined before - Cohen reflects on the attitudes and perceptions of Jews and Arabs who experienced the events and, most significantly, on the memories they bequeathed to later generations. The result is a multifaceted and revealing examination of a formative series of episodes that will intrigue historians, political scientists, and others interested in understanding the essence - and the very beginning - of what has been an intractable conflict.

Gender and Nation Building in the Middle East

The Political Economy of Health from Mandate Palestine to Refugee Camps in Jordan

Author: Elise G. Young

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1848854811

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 189

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From Mandate Palestine to refugee camps in Jordan today, generations of Palestinians have been affected by the reach of the state into their everyday lives. Here, Elise Young offers an analysis of the politics of state building in the Middle East, viewed through the lens of health. Young argues that gendered, raced, and classed constructions of health, as evidenced in malaria eradication campaigns and the regularization of midwifery, are central to such state building processes. She draws on archival documents to uncover British medical administration and American involvement during the Mandate, and in-depth oral histories of Palestinian women refugees in Jordan. Making a powerful case for an alternative historiography of the region, this book will be invaluable for all those interested in Middle East history and politics, nationalism, gender, public health, and refugees.

The Political Ideology of Hamas

A Grassroots Perspective

Author: Michael Irving Jensen

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857715747

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Hamas is typically portrayed in the West as nothing more than a terrorist organisation. Yet as Michael Irving Jensen discovers, it also provides medical clinics, kindergartens, schools, elderly care and football training to the population of the West Bank and Gaza. Using a combination of interviews and participant observation, Jensen examines how these forms of social engagement relate to the organisation’s official ideology, which is still characterised by extremism and violence. The Political Ideology of Hamas is the first attempt to provide a multidimensional picture of this organisation by looking at how it is perceived by the leadership, the rank-and-file, and the ordinary Palestinians who come into contact with it. By comparing the rhetoric of the leadership with the social reality, Jensen opens up new ways of understanding Islamist movements in general._x000D_ _x000D_ 'There are few other texts available in English that look into the social side of Hamas to any degree, and none that I know of that do so in this detail...well researched.' - Glen Rangwala, University of Cambridge _x000D_

Muslims in Modern Turkey

Kemalism, Modernism and the Revolt of the Islamic Intellectuals

Author: Sena Karasipahi

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 085771497X

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Modern Turkey is the site of a powerful Islamic revival, with a strong intellectual elite dedicated to the overthrow of secular modernism. Why have modern Muslim intellectuals turned against the ideals of Kemalism on which the modern Turkish nation-state is founded? What does this reveal about the future of Turkey? And how are Islamic intellectuals in Turkey affected by developments in the Middle East?_x000D_ _x000D_ Muslims in Modern Turkey is the first book to analyse this phenomenon, tracing the evolution of Muslim intellectual thought from the 1980s to the present day. It focuses on six leading Muslim thinkers - Ali Bulaç, Rasim Özdenören, ?smet Özel, ?lhan Kutluer, Ersin Nazif Gürdo?an and Abdurrahman Dilipak - who belong to a single school and share a novel understanding of Islam. They act as public intellectuals, who aim to reform and enlighten society by educating them and raising their awareness of Islamic values, arguing not for the compatibility of Islam and European values but the fundamental superiority of Islam over secular democracy._x000D_ _x000D_ Sena Karasipahi places the Turkish experience in its broader international context and shows how Turkish Islamic intellectuals are affected by the earlier Muslim intellectuals and revivalists in the Arab world and in Turkey. This important study makes connections with the Islamic revival process throughout the contemporary Middle East as well as with comparable movements in Turkey’s own past, making this a crucial contribution to an understanding of contemporary Islamic political thinking.

The Middle East and North Africa 2004

Author: Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781857431841

Category: History

Page: 1370

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Now in its 50th edition, this title continues to provide the most up-to-date geo-political and economic information for this important world area. - Covers the Middle East and North Africa from Algeria to Yemen - Offers quick access to a wide range of data - Accurately and impartially records the latest political and economic developments - Provides comprehensive data on all major organizations in the region. General Survey - Introductory essays covering topics relating to the region as a whole including: Arab-Israeli Relations 1967-2003; The Jerusalem Issue; Documents on Palestine; The Removal of Saddam Hussain and the 'Deconstruction' of Iraq; Natural Gas in the Middle East and North Africa; Oil in the Middle East and North Africa and Islamic Banking and Finance. Country Surveys - Individual chapters on each country containing: articles on geography, recent history and economy; an economic and demographic survey using all the latest available statistics on population, agriculture, industry, finance, trade, transport, tourism, and education; directory sections with names, addresses and contact numbers covering the constitution, government, legislature, judiciary, political organizations, diplomatic representation, religious groups, the media, finance, trade and industry (including petroleum), and tourism. Regional Information - Includes all major international organizations active in the region, their aims, activities, publications and principal personnel - Research Institutes specializing in the region - Bibliographies of books and periodicals covering the Middle East and North Africa.

Minorities in the Middle East

A History of Struggle and Self-Expression, 2d ed.

Author: Mordechai Nisan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786451333

Category: Social Science

Page: 351

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Looks at non-Arab and non-Muslim ethnic groups in the Middle East, describing their history, culture, and political struggles in the region.

Reunifying Cyprus

The Annan Plan and Beyond

Author: Andrekos Varnava,Hubert Faustmann

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857716387

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Spring 2008 witnessed the first positive signs of a thaw in relations between the two sides of the divided island of Cyprus since the dramatic failure of the Annan Plan in 2004. The historic meeting of the two Presidents of Cyprus and the symbolic opening of the Ledra Street border crossing in the heart of Nicosia was seen herald a bright new future for this Mediterranean island. Yet Cyprus has been in this situation before. _x000D_ _x000D_ Reunifying Cyprus is the first book to analyse fully the reasons for the continuing failure to re-unite the two states of Cyprus after over forty years of division. It focuses especially on the Annan Plan - the popular name for the UN initiative to find a ‘Comprehensive Solution to the Cyprus Problem’ in anticipation of Cyprus’ accession to the EU - and the reasons for its ultimate failure. How did Cypriots receive the Annan Plan? What were the real or imagined flaws? Was this a missed opportunity? And what place does the Annan Plan have in future blueprints to reunify the island? _x000D_ _x000D_ Reunifying Cyprus is invaluable reading for anyone interested in conflict resolution and international politics as well as students of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Palestine Online

Transnationalism, the Internet and Construction of Identity

Author: Miriyam Aouragh

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1848853645

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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By exploring the tensions between mobility and immobility, Palestine Online develops an analysis of the re-construction of a specifically online shared identity, an imagined national community on a global, technological scale. However, it is this construction of a space in which to debate and formulate ideas about a shared virtual identity, which often serves as a reminder of the absence of a shared territorial place. Here, Aouragh provides a new angle on those affected by the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and furthers understanding about the connection between electronic media, politics and national identity more widely. --Book Jacket.

Islam under the Palestine Mandate

Colonialism and the Supreme Muslim Council

Author: Nicholas E. Roberts

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786721279

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Concerns about the place of Islam in Palestinian politics are familiar to those studying the history of the modern Middle East. A vital part of this history is the rise of Islamic opposition to the British in Mandate Palestine during the 1920s and 1930s. Colonial officials had wrestled with the question of how to rule over a Muslim-majority country and considered traditional Islamic institutions essential for maintaining order. Islam under the Palestine Mandate tells the story of the search for a viable Islamic institution in Palestine and the subsequent invention of the Supreme Muslim Council.

The Middle East in the World

An Introduction

Author: Lucia Volk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317501748

Category: History

Page: 368

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The Middle East in the World offers students a fresh, comprehensive, multidisciplinary entry point to the broader Middle East. After a brief introduction to the study of the region, the early chapters of the book survey the essentials of Middle Eastern history; important historical narratives; and the region's languages, religions, and global connections. Students are guided through the material with relevant maps, resource boxes, and text boxes that support and guide further independent exploration of the topics at hand. The second half of the book presents interdisciplinary case studies, each of which focuses on a specific country or sub-region and a salient issue, offering a taste of the cultural distinctiveness of the particular country while also drawing attention to global linkages. Readers will come away from this book with an understanding of the larger historical, political, and cultural frameworks that shaped the Middle East as we know it today, and of current issues that have relevance in the Middle East and beyond.

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

Author: Benny Morris

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521338899

Category: History

Page: 400

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This book is the first full-length study of the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem. Based on recently declassified Israeli, British and American state and party political papers and on hitherto untapped private papers, it traces the stages of the 1947-9 exodus against the backdrop of the first Arab-Israeli war and analyses the varied causes of the flight. The Jewish and Arab decision-making involved, on national and local levels, military and political, is described and explained, as is the crystallisation of Israel's decision to bar a refugee repatriation. The subsequent fate of the abandoned Arab villages, lands and urban neighbourhoods is examined. The study looks at the international context of the war and the exodus, and describes the political battle over the refugees' fate, which effectively ended with the deadlock at Lausanne in summer 1949. Throughout the book attempts to describe what happened rather than what successive generations of Israeli and Arab propagandists have said happened, and to explain the motives of the protagonists.