Sharaf Politics: Honor and Peacemaking in Israeli-Palestinian Society, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Sharaf Politics

Honor and Peacemaking in Israeli-Palestinian Society, 1st Edition

By Sharon D. Lang


266 pages

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This book examines the Arabic conflict resolution method known as "sulha." In this process, notable male elders mediate conflicts between and within Arab communities. A lengthy process of political jockeying culminates in a ceremony that peaks when "enemies" shake hands and publicly forgive the crimes of the other. The reality of actual sulha deviates considerably from the ideal, but both the official framework and the actual events point to a deep seated valorization of peace and reconciliation in Israeli-Palestinian society.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the Fieldsite, Theoretical Themes, and the Ethnographic Experience 2. Murder in the Name of the Family - Sharaf 3. Shaking Hands with the Enemy: Sulha and the Politics of Persuasion in Palestinian Society 4. The Power of the Jaha: Constructing Political Authority in an Egalitarian World 5. Indigenous and Official Politics: The Dialectics of a Multi-Faceted, Mutuall-Influential Relationship. Conclusions.

About the Author

Sharon D. Lang is the Head of the Sociology and Anthropology Departments at University of Redlands.

About the Series

Middle East Studies: History, Politics & Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General