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Spring 2014-2015
* NES 338 / JDS 338 / HIS 349 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Jonathan M. Gribetz

This course will examine the history of the encounter and conflict between Jews and Arabs in and around Palestine/Israel from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries. The story is at once fascinating and tragic, the meeting of ancient peoples and cultures in a wholly new political and ideological environment. The course follows the history of the modern conflict over the Holy Land from its inception in the Late Ottoman period through the present with an eye to the evolving causes of the tensions, the numerous attempts to resolve them, and the various forces and factors that have thus far precluded a comprehensive peace.

Sample reading list:
Sami Adwan, Dan Bar-On, Eyal Naveh, Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine
Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin, The Israel-Arab Reader
Jonathan Gribetz, Defining Neighbors
S. Yizhar, Khirbet Khizeh
Ghassan Kanafani, Palestine's Children
Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: 100 pp. per week. 1. Four historically-contextualizing news analysis blog entries. Post blog entries connecting historical readings to contemporary news or opinion article from an online source. 2. Creative historical writing assignment. Construct a debate between two fictional characters about a historical event between 1917 and 1967. Characters will either be a Jew/Israeli and an Arab/Palestinian or two Jews/Israelis or two Arabs/Palestinians of different persuasions.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 5%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41203 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W   McCosh Hall   60   Enrolled:34 Limit:48
41204 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M        Enrolled:20 Limit:24
41205 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   Jones Hall   102   Enrolled:14 Limit:24
41206 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled