Cite: Mueller, Educational Philosophy & Curriculum of Palestinian Nationalist Movement

Mueller, Chelsi. “The Educational Philosophy and Curriculum of the Palestinian Nationalist Movement: From Arab Palestine to Arab-Islamic Palestine.” Middle Eastern Studies 48.3 (2012): 345-362.



The educational curriculum produced by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) is said to be situated on the intellectual basis of faith in Allah. The curriculum presents Islam as one of three essential components of the Palestinian identity. The place given to Islam in the educational philosophy and curriculum of the PA signifies a departure from the place given to Islam in the PLO’s earlier documents and Fatah’s earlier discourse; in fact, owing to the elevated position of Islam, the discourse in the curriculum more closely resembles that of the PLO’s Islamist opposition, namely Hamas. This article compares the Palestinian identity discourse as it is presented in the PA educational philosophy (1998) and school curriculum (2000-2006) with the identity discourse in the PLO’s earlier philosophy of education as well as Hamas’ philosophy of education. The explanation for this change in the discourse of the Palestinian nationalist movement takes into account Fatah’s bid to maintain legitimacy in a deeply divided society and Hamas’ challenge to Fatah in the Palestinian arena as well as the background of the Islamic revival across the greater Muslim world.

Reviews: Campos, Ottoman Brothers

Campos, Michelle U. Ottoman Brothers. Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.



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  • Jacobson, Abigail. “Review.” Journal of Levantine Studies 1.2 (2011).
  • Norris, Jacob. “Review.” Historical Journal 55.1 (2012): 277-278.
  • Baer, Marc David. “Review.” American Historical Review 117.1 (2012): 305.
  • Robson, Laura. “Review.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 44.2 (2012): 355-357.

Cite: Abed Rabho, Arab Women Take Complaints to West Jerusalem Muslim Court

Abed Rabho, Laila. “Problems No Longer Solved over a Cup of Coffee: Arab Women Take their Complaints to the West Jerusalem Muslim Court.” Hawwa 10.1-2 (2012): 113-126.




In the past, women may have been afraid to approach the court because they thought it would harm their family’s reputation and honor. Parents would have also discouraged such a move.

This paper features the stories of fifty-four Palestinian Muslim women who appealed to the sharia court in West Jerusalem during the years 1996-1999. The women came to the courts to claim material support (nafaqa) from their husbands. Women sued their husbands for several reasons, the most prominent being: interference in the couple’s life from the husband’s family, violence on the part the husband, economic hardship, and immoral behaviour of the husband.

Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World

Cite: Larkin & Dumper, Islamic Movement in Israel and Battle for Jerusalem

Larkin, Craig and Michael Dumper. “In Defense of Al-Aqsa: The Islamic Movement inside Israel and the Battle for Jerusalem.” Middle East Journal 66.1 (2012): 30-51.





The past ten years have witnessed the collapse of Palestinian political authority and leadership in East Jerusalem. Evidence suggests that the Islamic Movement is beginning to fill this vacuum from within Israel. This article examines the growing involvement of the Islamic Movement of Israel in Jerusalem, both in terms of discourse and specific facts on the ground. It explores how the al-Aqsa mosque has been employed, particularly by Shaykh Ra’id Salah, as a symbol for political empowerment, a site for public contestation, and a focus for religious renewal. It debates whether their presence should be perceived as a growing strategic threat, part of an Islamizing trend, or rather as a consequence of weak local leadership, the unintended consequences of the separation wall and the non-recognition of the Hamas government.

Reviews: Spyer, Transforming Fire

Spyer, Jonathan. The Transforming Fire The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict. London and New York: Continuum, 2010.





Mandel, Seth. “New Cold War in Middle East.” Washington Times, February 2, 2011.


Silber, Steven. “When Force Has the Final World.” Haaretz November 5, 2011.


Rodman, David. “Review.” Israel Affairs 17.4 (2011): 661-663.

Cite: Sharabi, Meaning of Work: Jews and Muslims



Sharabi, Moshe. “Culture, Religion, Ethnicity and the Meaning of
Work: Jews and Muslims in the Israeli Context.” Culture and Religion 12.3 (2011): 219-235.




The work values of Arabs in general, and of Muslims in particular, have not yet been studied in Israel. This study examines the meaning of work (MOW) of 1201 Jews and 219 Muslims, who work in the Israeli labour market. The findings reveal significant differences in the MOW dimensions and demonstrate different perceptions and internalisation of work values between the two ethno-religious groups. While the Jews have a higher economic and intrinsic orientation and a higher need for interpersonal relations than the Muslims, the Muslims have higher work centrality. The findings attributed to cultural differences, ethnic conflict, occupational discrimination and high degree of segregation.

Cite: Ben-Dror, Benny Morris and the Case for the One-State

Ben-Dror, Oren "Benny Morris, Islamophobia and the Case for the One-State Solution." Holy Land Studies 9.2 (2010): 229-237.




Review article of Benny Morris, One State, Two States: Resolving the Israeli/Palestine Conflict, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2009). Pp. 240. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-300-12281-7

Reviews: Murinson, Turkey’s Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan

Alexander Murinson, Turkey’s Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan: State Identity and Security in the Middle East and the Caucasus. London / New York: Routledge, 2010.


  • Michael B. Bishku, “Review.” Middle East Journal 64,3 (2010): 493-494
  • Jacob M. Landau, “Review.” Middle Eastern Studies 47.6 (2011): 966-967.
  • Umut Uzer, “Review.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 43.2 (2011): 355-358.

New Publication: Kumaraswamy, India’s Israel Policy

Kumaraswamy, P. R. India’s Israel Policy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.



Table of Contents:

Mahatma Gandhi and the Jewish National Home
The Congress Party and the Yishuv
The Islamic Prism: The INC Versus the Muslim League
India, UNSCOP, and the Partition of Palestine
Recognition Without Relations
Domestic Politics
International Factors
Nehru and the Era of Deterioration, 1947–1964
The Years of Hardened Hostility, 1964–1984
Prelude to Normalization
Normalization and After

Reviews: Milinaro, Holy Places of Jerusalem in ME Peace Agreements

Molinaro, Enrico. The Holy Places of Jerusalem in Middle East Peace Agreements: The Conflict between Global and State Identities. Brighton, U.K. and Portland, Ore.: Sussex Academic Press, 2009.


  • Nikolaos Zahariadis, “Review,” Digest of Middle East Studies 19,1 (2010): 126-129.
  • Roberto Mazza, “Review,” Middle Eastern Studies 45,5 (2009): 850-851.
  • Marshall J. Breger, “Review,” Middle East Journal 64,2 (2010): 301-302.

Cite: Schellekens and Eisenbach, Religiosity and Marital Fertility

Schellekens, Jona and Zvi Eisenbach. "Religiosity and Marital Fertility: Israeli Arab Muslims, 1955—1972." Journal of Family History 35,2 (2010): 147-163.


Abstract: This study examines the relationship between religiosity and marital fertility in a Muslim society around the onset of the transition using the 1973—74 Israeli Fertility Survey. In rural areas, where no decline was discernable, there was a negative relationship between religiosity and marital fertility, while in urban areas there was no relationship. The results of this study suggest that the negative relationship in rural areas is because of differences in breast-feeding. Following Quranic recommendations, the more religious seem to breast-feed longer. Demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the more and less religious do not account for the negative relationship. Demographic, social, and economic characteristics and the use of contraceptive methods, however, do explain, in part, the absence of a negative relationship in urban areas.




KeyWords: breast-feeding • marital fertility • Muslim • religiosity • repeated events duration model, Israeli Palestinians, Israel: Religion, Islam and Muslims, Gender, Family Life and Culture, Israel: Demographics, Israel: Economy, Israel: Society