Lo/56k Hi/300k
HomeSubjectsResourcesE-SeminarsE-CoursesColumbia University
Browse according to your interestsClass Websites, Publications, Interviews and moreShort Learning Experiences Free to ColumbiaSemester Length CoursesColumbia Homepage and New Media Initiatives
Columbia InteractiveSearchHelp
E-Seminars: E-Seminar Detail
 



E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Debates over Partition


Israeli and Palestinian Nationalism
A Series of Two
E-Seminars


E-Seminar 3
Wars: Strategies and Outcomes


E-Seminar 4
The Israeli Foreign Policy Debate


 
Israeli and Palestinian Nationalism
E-Seminar 2, Competing National Movements
Taught by: Naomi Weinberger

Description
E-Seminar Description
In this e-seminar, the second in a series of eight, Professor Naomi Weinberger examines Palestinian nationalism and the history of early Zionist thinking, outlining the debate over whether Palestinian nationalism developed as an independent philosophy or merely a reaction to Zionism. Professor Weinberger highlights critical differences as well as striking parallels between the two national movements.

Throughout this e-seminar series, she examines the conflicts that have arisen in the region and assesses the sources of conflict—nationalist, ideological, ethnic, sectarian, economic, territorial—on the interstate level and as precipitants of intervention in civil strife. The emphasis is on the attitudes of regional actors, but the role of outsiders, either in exacerbating regional hostilities or in serving as peacemakers or peacekeepers, is also considered.

Professor Weinberger also discusses the legacy of the Palestinian mandate, and contemporary debates among Palestinian factions and Israeli political parties. She examines the major interstate wars (1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973) and peacemaking efforts.

Supplementary materials provided in the seminar series include entries from the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (1996) , timelines, short sketches of key figures, and period photography and documents.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

Interested in this
e-seminar?
Go to the e-seminar now*.

Note: Columbia students, faculty, staff, and alumni will need to use their University Network ID (UNI) to access e-seminars.



E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Gain a historical appreciation of the roots of the current conflict in the Middle East.

•   Understand the contribution of early nationalist philosophers.

•   Learn the details attached to a series of events that are crucial to appreciating the history of the region.

back to top

Outline
1. Introduction
2. Early Zionist Philosophy
3. The Political School of Zionism
4. Cultural Zionism
5. Labor Zionism
6. Religious Zionism
7. Revisionism
8. The Yishuv
9. Early Politics
10. Two Incidents
11. Evolution of Palestinian Nationalism
12. New Loyalties
13. Polemics
14. Leadership
15. The Economic Argument

back to top

Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Professor Naomi Weinberger teaches courses on the contemporary Middle East as an adjunct member of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. She is also Associate Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her publications include Syrian Intervention in Lebanon: The 1975–76 Civil War, and numerous articles on peace operations and conflict resolution in the Middle East. In 1992–94, she participated in an international panel of consultants assembled by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to facilitate Israeli-Palestinian security negotiations; the panel released a report entitled "Israeli-Palestinian Security: Issues in the Permanent Status Negotiations."


back to top

Recommended Reading
Avineri, Shlomo. The Making of Modern Zionism: Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State. New York: Basic Books, 1981.

Hertzberg, Arthur, ed. The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader. New York: Herzl Press, 1960.

Lesch, Ann Mosely. Arab Politics in Palestine, 1917–1939: The Frustration of a Nationalist Movement. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1979.

Mattar, Philip. Mufti of Jerusalem: Al-Hajj Amin al-Husayni and the Palestine National Movement. Rev. ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.

Morris, Benny. The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947– 1949. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Muslih, Muhammed Y. The Origins of Palestinian Nationalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.

Stein, Kenneth W. The Land Question in Palestine, 1917–1939. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

Vital, David. The Origins of Zionism. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975.

back to top

Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

back to top

Help   |   Privacy Policy