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How It Began: The Origins of The Arab-Israel Conflict

In this talk, Alan Dowty, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Notre Dame, looks at when the Arab-Israel conflict began and what that implies about its roots.

Oct 09, 2018
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Kerr 693

Abstract: When did the Arab-Israel conflict begin — and what does this imply regarding its roots? Was it another dimension of the European penetration of the Middle East in the late nineteenth century? Was it a Jewish response to a new racial anti-Semitism of the period? Was it an expression of the awakening of Arab people to nationalist currents of the time? Or was it a collision among all these forces?

Alan Dowty is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Notre Dame. In 1963-1975 he taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, during which time he served as chair of the Department of International Relations. He is a former president of the Association for Israel Studies and holder of an AIS-Israel Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in Israel Studies. Among his publications are basic texts on Israeli society and politics ("The Jewish State: A Century Later") and on the Arab-Israel conflict ("Israel/Palestine").