By Sheila H. Katz

"In this landmark e-book, Katz skillfully demonstrates the advanced ways in which gender ideology was once inextricably associated with and bolstered the formation of either Palestinian Arab and Jewish Zionist nationwide identities within the first half the twentieth century."--Sherna Berger Gluck, California nation University

"This is the one old examine within which the discourse of either Arabs and Jews is the center piece and that discourse is analyzed as undergirding the development of nascent ideologies. . . . The textual content is a fabulous synthesis of the numerous conflicting narratives approximately Palestine within the years top as much as Israeli statehood."--Lisa Pollard, college of North Carolina, Wilmington

"This ebook makes an important contribution to center jap and women's historical past scholarship. it truly is exact to discover the circumstances of those nationalist hobbies taken care of concurrently during this method, during this interval. it's an interesting interweaving of the gendered narratives."--Palmira Brummett, college of Tennessee

Drawing on a number of resource fabrics, starting from well known print media to poetry, movie, political treatises, and biographies and autobiographies, Sheila Katz examines the ways that gender operated in forming the political identities of Palestinian Arabs and Jewish Zionists. via exploring either gender definitions and their expressions within the daily lives of 2 contesting peoples, she presents a hugely nuanced figuring out of the way gender impacts the discourse of clash among competing nationwide movements.  via this balanced dialogue of the histories of Jewish and Palestinian girls in the course of Palestine's early life, Katz makes an important contribution to scholarship in heart japanese and women's history.

Working on the intersection of a number of disciplines, Katz offers a wide-ranging exam of the formation and expression of nationwide identification and the altering gender roles that aid form it. She makes use of gender as a device to envision the production of limitations and gear family members between international locations. via a dialogue using the fabrics and techniques of background, sociology, literary feedback, and anthropology, this examine deals a special exam of id formation in Palestine in the course of the first half the 20 th century and an research of either Palestinian and Jewish girls of their respective nationwide events, illuminating gender as a linchpin of foreign conflict.

Sheila Katz is affiliate professor on the Berkelee collage of Music.

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For the Palestinians, the focus has shifted more towards the internal dynamics of Palestinian society, economy, and political leadership. For the Israelis, it has shifted to the ways that interaction with Arabs and Arab society was central to the evolution of Jewish nationalism. These two chapters incorporate some of the recent revisionist perspectives on internal and external dynamics of both peoples, attempting to create a portrait of national identity that is neither mythic nor monolithic. Nineteenth-Century Collective Identities in Flux Although Zionists held their first national congresses in the 1890s and Palestinians in the 1920s, Jewish and Palestinian Arab identities went through many changes long before these dramatic official acts.

Minecke Schipper found a reflection of this reality in Arab women’s writings: Women have always played a vital role in the struggles to liberate their country. . Women in resistance movements have often had to work twice as hard to overcome the prejudices of their male comrades and prove they were the equal to men. ’25 When national crises turned into protracted war, however, women also paid a steep price. “Where warfare has not consumed [women’s] . . ”26 For women, nationalist pressures extended beyond the demands of war.

36 Max Nordau, a German-speaking Hungarian, played a major role at Basle. The Zionist Organization promoted Jewish immigration to and acquisition of land in Palestine. In 1899, the Jewish Colonial Trust based in London became the first bank of the Zionist Organization, supported by many Jews with a small number of shares.

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