Claiming the Homeland: Palestinians and Protests Before World War One

MAR 06, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




March 06, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM





While many historians place the emergence of Palestinian nationalism during the post-World War One era, this talk will demonstrate that already in late Ottoman Palestine, just years before the Great War, Palestinians began to unite in protest in order to defend their homeland. Their motivation was not only to block Jewish migration, but also to stem the growing European influence. In addition, Palestinians also joined against issues of corruption found among the local Ottoman administration. This presentation will examine different type of acts Palestinians used in order to achieve their goals, offering a glimpse of a growing Palestinian local identity among Palestine's Arab population.

Louis Fishman teaches history at Brooklyn College. His work questions Palestinian and Israeli history during the late Ottoman period, Palestinian-Israeli conflict, modern Turkey and late Ottoman history. Theoretically, he is interested in the construction of nationalism, state-building and historical narratives. Prof. Fishman is currently working on his book: “Palestinian Protest and the rise of Jewish Hegemony in late Ottoman Palestine.”

Prof. Craig Daigle (History, City College) will be the discussant.