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Arab Minority Nationalism in Israel

The Politics of Indigeneity, 1st Edition

By Amal Jamal


336 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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National minorities and their behaviour have become a central topic in comparative politics in the last few decades. Using the relationship between the state of Israel and the Arab national minority as a case study, this book provides a thorough examination of minority nationalism and state-minority relations in Israel.

Placing the case of the Arab national minority in Israel within a comparative framework, the author analyses major debates taking place in the field of collective action, social movements, civil society and indigenous rights. He demonstrates the impact of the state regime on the political behaviours of the minorities, and sheds light on the similarities and differences between various types of minority nationalisms and the nature of the relationship such minorities could have with their states.

Drawing empirical and theoretical conclusions that contribute to studies of Israeli politics, political minorities, indigenous populations and conflict issues, this book will be a valuable reference for students and those in policy working on issues around Israeli politics, Palestinian politics and the broader Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


"Jamal’s book is [comprehensive]… in dealing with international, national Israeli, and local developments among the minority and their implications for political activism and mobilization among the Palestinian minority." - Dr. As’ad Ghanem, School of Political Science, University of Haifa, Israel; The Middle East Journal, Spring 2012 issue (Vol. 66, No. 2)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding the Politics of Indigenous National Minority 1. The Theory and Epistemology of Indigeneity 2. Politicizing Arab Indigeneity in Israel 3. The Changing Modes of Patriotism and Longing for the Homeland 4. Internally Displaced Palestinians and the Dialectics of Presence and Absence 5. Arab-Palestinian Leadership in Israel and the Politics of Contention 6. Reframing the Future through Presencing the Past: Visionary Documents and Political Mobilization 7. Civil Society and the Challenges of Empowerment Development and Democratization 8. Reframing Arab Political Thought in Israel: Azmi Bishara and Beyond. Epilogue: Future Visions and Horizons of Expectations in State-Minority Relations in Israel

About the Author

Amal Jamal is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and Head of the Walter Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence Through Education.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies