Confronting an Empire, Constructing a Nation: Arab by Weldon Matthews

By Weldon Matthews

This groundbreaking e-book re-examines the increase of nationalism in Palestinian politics, utilizing quite a lot of resources. Matthews argues that the advocacy of nationalist identification used to be inextricably interlinked with resistance to British imperialism. He probes early self-perceptions of Palestinian nationalism and its altering courting with Islamic and pan-Arab identities.

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The autonomy the mandatory government granted to the SMC in the management of waqf properties was another reversal of late Ottoman policies, which had striven to bring 112 such property under the supervision of the government. The financial support that the British administration soon provided for the SMC to restore Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque was consistent with the tradition of indirect rule by demonstrating government’s efforts to 113 appear as a partner in the preservation of hallowed tradition.

The intentions of the delegates at San Remo directly opposed those of a Syrian congress convened only weeks previously in Damascus. That assembly, including Palestinian and Lebanese representatives, had declared the complete independence of geographic Syria from the Taurus Mountains to the Gulf of Aqaba. The same congress named as the county’s king Amir Faysal ibn Husayn, who had led Hijazi fighters allied with KEY CONCEPTS AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT 25 the British against the Ottoman army during the recent war.

Rather, it was the combination of his being an 32 CONFRONTING AN EMPIRE, CONSTRUCTING A NATION effective nationalist activist and a member of one of Jerusalem’s most respected notable families that made it advantageous to align his interests with those of the British administration and thereby keep him on a short tether. During two meetings with High Commissioner Samuel in April 1921, Hajj Amin expressed his desire for good relations with the government and his willingness to see that the disturbances of 1920 (for which he had been prosecuted and later pardoned) would not be repeated.

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