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Arab Christians in British Mandate PalestineCommunalism and Nationalism, 1917-1948$
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Noah Haiduc-Dale

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676033

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676033.001.0001

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Introduction: Nationalism and Religious Identification

Introduction: Nationalism and Religious Identification

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(p.1) Introduction: Nationalism and Religious Identification
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Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine
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Noah Haiduc-Dale

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676033.003.0001

The introduction highlights the tension between nationalism and religious identification and explains how earlier scholarship takes an all-or-nothing approach to the meaning of religious identity. Others have ignored religion by privileging secular nationalism or have attributed all meaningful history to religious distinctions and communities. Instead, the introduction lays the basis for seeking to understand the relationship between Christians and nationalism by exploring the formation of their religious and national identities. This approach is similar to recent work on communalism and sectarianism in other parts of the colonial world. In addition, this chapter introduces the reader to some of the most pertinent historical details and variations between Arab Christian denominations in Palestine.

Keywords:   Nationalism, Identification, Arab Christian, Denominations, Communalism, Sectarianism

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