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Explores the evolution of Palestinian id and nationalism from the Crusades to the current, and the (pre-modern) robust feel of venture to protect the holy websites of Jerusalem for all of Islam.

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Non-Jewish) powers that ruled it down the ages as “foreign occupiers” and “step-children”. Among these powers are the Arabs, who are thus barred from the respectable position of natives, reserved to the true sons of the land, the Zionists. It may be interesting to look briefly at some Zionist academic studies on the question of Palestinian nationalism during the Mandate. 48 He does not deal with general questions of interpretation, whatever their nature. The book of course purports to be objective in a new and unprecedented manner for Zionist historiography, and sometimes it admirably succeeds in this.

This makes no sense and in my estimation it never happened in this way. I have shown above that in dividing up the Middle East the colonial powers seized upon the ancient division of the area, still very much a sociological reality in the Ottoman period. This applied to the Palestinians as well. This chapter does a number of things. First we consider the history of Ottoman Palestine, singling out mainly those subjects that are particularly relevant to the issue of identity. Then we go into the ways in which Palestinian community of some sort existed.

The new Ottoman legislation of the nineteenth century should be understood against this background. The 1858 Ottoman land law did not change the status of sown land, which did not become freehold. But one major innovation was the introduction of compulsory registration in a tapu (land registry office). Land could now be bought on paper from the government, though it still had to be worked. Indeed, after the inauguration of the 1858 law large-scale buying of unoccupied land started, particularly in the valley of Esdraelon and along the coast.

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