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Understanding the Middle East Peace Process

Israeli Academia and the Struggle for Identity, 1st Edition

By Asima Ghazi-Bouillon


232 pages

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Tracing the evolution of the Israeli academic debate over history, politics, and collective identity, Understanding the Middle East Peace Process examines the Middle East peace process since Oslo and follows the discursive struggle over Israeli collective identity.

Based on interviews with key protagonists, this book gives a detailed analysis of the interrelatedness of academic debate, societal discourse, and collective identity against the background of major political events in Israel. It charts the ascendancy and expansion of post-Zionism, outlines the emergence of neo-Zionism from the political right, and the re-appropriation of Zionism in light of the new political climate of peace-making.

Ghazi-Bouillon provides a new perspective on the failure of the New Historians to revolutionize Israeli intellectual life and the failure of post-Zionism to revolutionize Israeli political life, whilst assessing neo-Zionism’s potential to do both.

Table of Contents


1. Introducing a New Israel?

2. Power, Knowledge and the Nation - Shaping, Writing, Knowing

3. Triumphs, Territories and Troublemakers

4. The Emergence and Works of the New Historians

5. The Promise of Post-Zionism

6. Neo-Zionist Responses – Seizing History, Shaping Policy


About the Author

Asima A. Ghazi-Bouillon obtained her doctorate in history from University College London. She also holds degrees in Jewish History and the Politics of Asia and Africa from University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has lived and worked throughout the Middle East, and has worked for the United Nations in New York.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Arab-Israeli conflict continues to be the centre of academic and popular attention. This series brings together the best of the cutting edge work now being undertaken by predominantly new and young scholars. Although largely falling within the field of political science the series also includes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary contributions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies