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Debating Islam in the Jewish State

Covers Israel's policy toward Islamic institutions within its borders, 1948-2000.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Introduction The Public Policy Angle:The Struggle for Jurisdiction over Muslim Affairs Islam in Palestine and Israel:From the Ottoman Era to 1948 The Academic Debate over Israel's Arab Minority Policy The Debate over Israeli Policy towards Islamic Institutions Chapter 2 The Rise and Fall of the Ministry of Minority Affairs Behor Shitrit and the Ministry of Minority Affairs The Ministry of Religious Affairs Stakes a Claim to Muslim Affairs Early Attempts to Build Legal Foundations for Muslim Institutions The Ministry of Religious Affairs Escalates the Conflict Conflicting Reports:The Pinnacle of the Interministerial Battle The Demise of the Ministry of Minority Affairs: Towards a Policy of Divide and Rule Chapter 3 A New Rivalry:The Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Arab Affairs Turkey or Bosnia-Hercegovina: The Search for a Model for Muslim Communal Affairs Joshua Palmon and the Changing Role of the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Arab Affairs The First Battle:Accounting for Waqf Finances The Second Battle:The Conflict with Taher al-Tabari Chapter 4 Defining the Role of Shari 'a Courts, Qadis,and Islamic Law The Third Battle:Establishing Legal Foundations for the Shari'a Court System and Qadi Appointments The Muslim Voice:The Campaign to Keep the Israeli Qadis out of Politics The Israeli Method of Shari'a Reform: Towards the Improvement of the Status of Women Chapter 5 Protection of Holy Places:The Foreign Policy Dimension The Foreign Policy Accomplishments of Israeli Holy Places Policy The Domestic Agenda:Towards an Official Policy Concerning Muslim Holy Places Policy Failure:Incidents of Neglect Regarding Muslim Holy Places International Disputes over Access to Holy Places in Jerusalem Protection of Holy Places:The Public Relations War Chapter 6 Islamic Education in Israel Lessons from the Mandate and the Transition to Israeli Control The Struggle to Define the Goals of Arab Education in IsraelReligious Studies in the Minority School System Minority Protest and the Reform of the Religious Studies Cirriculum The Rise of Arab Nationalism in the Minority Schools Chapter 7 The Decline of the Religious Establishment and the Islamist Movement Challenge The Succession Crisis in the Muslim Establishment Towards the Rise of an Islamist Movement in Israel A Brief History of the Islamist Movement in Israel The Challenge of the Official Muslim Establishment The State Response to the Campaign for an Autonomous Religious Establishment Chapter 8 Conclusion Israel 's Islamic Policy:A Mosaic of Motives and Ministries, A Dominant Quest for Control The Critical Role Played by Individuals Policy Consequences The New Battle for Control: Towards Autonomous Islamic Institutions? Appendix 1 The First Four Israeli Qadis and the Establishment of the Shari'a Courts Appendix 2 The United Nations and the Holy Places Appendix 3 UN Votes on the Territorial Internationalization of Jerusalem Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Alisa Rubin Peled is Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


"Peled discusses a very important topic-the Islamic movement in Israel-and relates it to the wider topic of Islamic movements in the Arab world. This is essential reading in the study of Arab-Jewish relations in Israel, and also contributes to the scholarship on majority-minority relations in ethnically divided societies." - Mohammed Abu-Nimer, author of Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, and Change: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Israel

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