Raphael Israeli Lecture IIFriday, April 17, 2009 -
"Palestinians between Nationalism and Islam"
A retrospective on the development of the tension between nascent Palestinian nationalism as articulated by the PLO and Islam as incorporated by Hamas, illuminating the dynamics of a rapidly changing situation, plotting the development of this volatile region. The death of Arafat and the rise of the comparatively moderate Abu Mazen provided the final impetus for the dramatic rise of Hamas in Palestinian politics. Hamas strengthened permanently in the grassroots by dispensing welfare to the poor, criticizing the corrupt Palestinian Authority, and providing religious solace for the misery of life. Its stunning victory over the veteran PLO in the 2006 elections has made the matter all the more pertinent.
Place: Gambrell Hall 153
[Sponsored by Jewish Studies and Walker Institute of International and Area Studies]
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