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E-Seminars: E-Seminar Detail

E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Debates over Partition

E-Seminar 2
Competing National Movements

Israeli and Palestinian Nationalism
A Series of Two E-Seminars

Taught by: Naomi Weinberger

E-Seminar Description
In this e-seminar series, Israeli and Palestinian Nationalism, Professor Naomi Weinberger of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University 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.

In the first e-seminar, Debates over Partition, Professor Weinberger examines the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the period before 1948 and analyzes how the great powers of the time influenced the expectations of different parties in the region. The seminar culminates in a discussion of the UN Partition Plan and the tensions that resulted from that attempt at conflict resolution.

In the second e-seminar, Competing Nationalisms, Professor Weinberger examines the evolution of Zionist ideology and Palestinian nationalism, outlining the debate over whether Palestinian nationalism developed as an independent philosophy or merely a reaction to Zionism. She highlights critical differences as well as striking parallels between the two national movements.

The two-part e-seminar series includes a large number of additional elements, including entries from the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (1996), timelines, short sketches of key figures, maps and a wealth of period photography and documents.

E-Seminar Length:6-10 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE
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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading |
Additional Course Information | 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.

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E-seminar 1: Debates over Partition
1. The British Mandate in Palestine
2. Promises
3. The Balfour Declaration
4. Endless Grief
5. British Policy
6. Other Powers
7. Voting for Partition

E-Seminar 2: Competing National Movements
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

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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."

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Recommended Reading

E-seminar 1: Debates over Partition
Brown, L. Carl, ed. Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations of Regional and Outside Powers. London: I. B. Taurus, 2001.

Darwin, John. Britain, Egypt, and the Middle East: Imperial Policy in the Aftermath of War, 1918–1922. London: Macmillan, 1981.

Kelly, J. B. Arabia, the Gulf, and the West. New York: Basic, 1980.

Monroe, Elizabeth. Britain's Moment in the Middle East, 1914–1971. 2d ed., rev. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981.

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

Wilson, Mary. King Abdullah, Britain, and the Making of Jordan. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

E-Seminar 2: Competing National Movements
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.

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

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)

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)

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