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Politics in Palestine, Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration 1939-1948 (review)

Politics in Palestine, Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration 1939-1948 (review) Vol. 10, No.4 Summer 1992 Politics in Palestine, Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration 1939-1948, by Issa Khalaf. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991. 318 pp. $18.95. I Why did Palestinian Arabs fail to establish a sovereign state? Many of the conventional answers draw on ideological factors. It is often claimed that the political moorings of Palestinian Arabs were both larger and smaller than the nation-state: loyalty to a religious community, to the possibility of a Greater Syria, a united Arabia; Or alternatively identification with a city, town, or village. Incommensurate with one another, commitments to these boundaries criss-crossed and presumably impeded the emergence of a coherent Palestinian Arab nationalism. Despite their moral certainty, without a clear understanding of their territorial borders Arabs could not succeed in their struggle. This absence of political solidarity serves as the focus of Issa Khalafs insightful and provocative book, Politics in Palestine: Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration 1939-1948. The book will become the benchmark for any future research on this period. The book argues that the difHculties for Palestinian Arabs were primarily organizational, not ideological. Unity of ultimate purpose could not overcome deep social and economic fissures. Even a common goal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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Vol. 10, No.4 Summer 1992 Politics in Palestine, Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration 1939-1948, by Issa Khalaf. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991. 318 pp. $18.95. I Why did Palestinian Arabs fail to establish a sovereign state? Many of the conventional answers draw on ideological factors. It is often claimed that the political moorings of Palestinian Arabs were both larger and smaller than the nation-state: loyalty to a religious community, to the possibility of a Greater Syria, a united Arabia; Or alternatively identification with a city, town, or village. Incommensurate with one another, commitments to these boundaries criss-crossed and presumably impeded the emergence of a coherent Palestinian Arab nationalism. Despite their moral certainty, without a clear understanding of their territorial borders Arabs could not succeed in their struggle. This absence of political solidarity serves as the focus of Issa Khalafs insightful and provocative book, Politics in Palestine: Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration 1939-1948. The book will become the benchmark for any future research on this period. The book argues that the difHculties for Palestinian Arabs were primarily organizational, not ideological. Unity of ultimate purpose could not overcome deep social and economic fissures. Even a common goal

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1992

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