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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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Conclusion: Nationalism and Communal Identification – Conflicting Identities?

Conclusion: Nationalism and Communal Identification – Conflicting Identities?

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(p.196) Conclusion: Nationalism and Communal Identification – Conflicting Identities?
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Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine
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Noah Haiduc-Dale

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676033.003.0007

The conclusion stresses the importance of reconsidering the exclusivity of national and communal identities, arguing that Palestinian Christians provide a strong example of dual identity. The importance of this finding is that because identification is a constant process based on particular social and political possibilities, seemingly sharp lines of societal division are neither inevitable nor immutable. Instead, an array of options is available at any given moment, and Middle Eastern Christians, as individuals and as a community, decide how much emphasis to place on one mode of identification over another at a given moment. They, like other peoples, are bound by neither national nor communal identity, but can change (and have changed) their allegiance to meet new demands and possibilities

Keywords:   Identification, Communalism, nationalism

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