Confronting an Empire, Constructing a Nation: Arab by Weldon Matthews

Confronting an Empire, Constructing a Nation: Arab by Weldon Matthews

By Weldon Matthews

This groundbreaking ebook re-examines the increase of nationalism in Palestinian politics, utilizing quite a lot of assets. Matthews argues that the advocacy of nationalist identification was once inextricably interlinked with resistance to British imperialism. He probes early self-perceptions of Palestinian nationalism and its altering courting with Islamic and pan-Arab identities.

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Even with the advent of British administration and the abolition of tax farming, by all accounts the 156 level of taxation remained crushing. As suggested above, the millet ‘system’ probably never functioned as comprehensively as the imperial elite in Istanbul had envisioned it would, especially in rural areas. This is one reason why it cannot be assumed that the primary political identities of rural Palestinian Arabs were expressed in religious terms. The idea of an Arab cultural and linguistic community, crossing confessional lines and carrying political significance certainly was not alien to the rural population.

He was one of many educated young Palestinians who had gone to Damascus offering their services to Faysal’s government, and there he had joined the reformulated alFatat. As a nationalist activist and leading member of Jerusalem’s Arab Club, he mobilized support for Palestine’s independence within Syrian unity. He was prominent among those who attempted to turn the Nabi Musa festival of 1920 into an Arab nationalist demonstration. Al-Husayni’s involvement in the Arab nationalist movement seems to have begun when he joined one of the secret Arab decentralization societies prior to the war.

Established in late 1921, the council’s function was to manage religious affairs, endowed trusts (awqaf, singular waqf), and Islamic law (shariʿ ah) courts in Palestine virtually free of British interference. It thus insulated the mandatory administration from disruptive interference in Muslim civic and religious affairs. The senior position in the SMC was the presidency, an office established through a combination of the offices of the chief mufti of Jerusalem and the president of the Shariʿah Court of Appeals.

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