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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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1940–1948: National Strength through Communal Unity

1940–1948: National Strength through Communal Unity

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Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine

Noah Haiduc-Dale

Edinburgh University Press

Despite cooperation on anti-British actions during the revolt, Muslim-Christian tensions push Christians toward new levels of communal organization. During the 1940s many Christians, particularly from the Orthodox community, sought to describe themselves in a new way: as both nationalist and communalist, defining the two categories non-exclusively. An examination of the Union of Arab Orthodox Clubs, Christian sports teams, and Christian responses to the 1948 War suggests that, whereas Christians once sought recognition as Arabs who happened to be Christian, the political circumstances of the Mandate forced many of them to reassess that identification and to seek protection by coalescing in stronger denominational groupings. Yet contrary to most communalist movements, they also remained unabashedly nationalistic, constantly and openly renewing their devotion to the Palestinian Arab movement.

Keywords:   Union of Arab Orthodox Clubs, Orthodox, Communal unity, 1948 War

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