Minorities and armed conflict in the Middle East

Authored by: Paul S. Rowe

Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138649040
eBook ISBN: 9781315626031
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315626031-25

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Abstract

Armed conflict in the Middle East arises from some of the most potent identity-based disputes in global politics. Since the gradual collapse of Ottoman rule in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the legacy of colonization and incomplete state formation have laid the foundations for ongoing disputes throughout the region. The most highly charged of these disputes is the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, which arose at the end of the British mandate over Palestine in 1948, when its Jewish and Palestinian Arab inhabitants had not agreed to terms by which the territory would be governed. But a number of other conflicts that persist today also arise out of the arbitrary division of former Ottoman possessions.

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