Hebrew Under English Rule

The language politics of Mandate Palestine

Authored by: Liora R. Halperin

The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138800588
eBook ISBN: 9781315713120
Adobe ISBN: 9781317497066


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The Yishuv, the Jewish community of Palestine before 1948, is typically regarded both by boosters and critics as external to broader patterns of collective development in the Middle Eastern mandated territories. This is particularly true around the politics of language. While the majority Arab populations of the British Mandates in the Middle East learned in British-run schools, Zionist scholarship emphasizes that the Yishuv’s autonomous school system marked a departure from the patterns of dependence and subordination characteristic of the Jewish diasporic experience as well as the European-run Jewish schools of late Ottoman Palestine.1

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