Zionism in Arab discourses

By Uriya Shavit and Ofir Winter

Zionism in Arab discourses


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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9297-2
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2016
  • BIC Category: Israel, Islamic Studies, International Relations, Social groups: religious groups & communities, Religion, Social & cultural history, Relating to Jewish people & groups, Relating to Islamic people & groups, Cultural studies, RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General, RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, Society & social sciences / Sociology, HISTORY / Middle East / Israel & Palestine, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Ethnic Studies, Society & social sciences / Political oppression & persecution, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Humanities / Religion & politics, Society & social sciences / Political ideologies, Society & social sciences / Jewish studies, HISTORY / Jewish, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies


Zionism in Arab discourses presents a ground-breaking study of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Through analyses of hundreds of texts written by Arab Islamists and liberals from the late-nineteenth century to the 'Arab Spring', the book demonstrates that the Zionist enterprise has played a dual function of an enemy and a mentor. Islamists and liberals alike discovered, respectively, in Zionism and in Israeli society qualities they sought to implement in their sown homelands.

Focusing on Palestinian, Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian political discourses, this study uncovers fascinating and unexpected Arab points of views on different aspects of Zionism; from the first Zionist Congress to the First Lebanon War; from gardening in the early years of Tel Aviv to women's service in the Israeli Defence Forces; from the role of religion in the creation of the state to the role of democracy in its preservation.

This study presents the debates between and within contesting Arab ideological trends on a conflict that has shaped, and is certain to continue and shape, one of the most complicated regions in the world.


Introduction: Islamism and liberalism in the Arab World: Some theoretical remarks
1. Islamism, Zionism and Israel: a war of no-compromises and compromises during war
2. At Basel I founded an ideal for the Muslims: Zionism and Israel as role models in Islamist writing
3. Arab liberals between the struggle against despotism and the war against Zionism
4. The West within the East: Israel as a role model in liberal thought


Uriya Shavit is an Associate Professor at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Program for Religious Studies, Tel Aviv University

Ofir Winter is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv

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