Exploring the Palestinian Student Movement from an historical and sociological perspective, this book demonstrates how Palestinian national identity has been built in the absence of national institutions, whilst emphasizing the role of higher education as an agent of social change, capable of crystallizing patterns of national identity.
Focussing on the political and social activities of Palestinian students in two arenas – the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian diaspora, Students & Resistance covers the period from 1952-2000. The book investigates the commonality of the goal of the respective movements in securing independence and the building of a sovereign Palestinian state, whilst simultaneously comparing their development, social tone and the differing challenges each movement faced.
Examining a plethora of sources including; Palestinian student magazines, PLO documents, Palestinian and Arabic news media, and archival records, to demonstrate how the Palestinian Student Movements became a major political player, this book is of interest to scholars and students of Palestinian History, Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction 1 The Rise of a New Generation: Palestinian Students and the Experience of Nakba 2 From Struggle to Accommodation: The General Union of Palestine Students and PLO 3 The Politics of Survival: The GUPS in Times of Crisis 4 Between Cairo and Beirut: The GUPS in the Aftermath of the 1973 War 5 The 1980s: Military Challenges and Paradigm Shift 6 The Emergence of the Palestinian Higher Education System 7 Between Academic Freedom and Military Supervision: The Palestinian Universities and the National Struggle 8 The Palestinian Student Movement in the West Bank and Gaza: A Sociopolitical Account 9 The Palestinian Student Movement Between Two Intifadas
Ido Zelkovitz is Research Fellow at the Ezri Centre for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies and teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa, Israel. Dr Zelkovitz was a post-doctoral research fellow in The Institute of Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and he is Currently the Schusterman Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota for the Academic Year of 2014/15.