MME Lec7 - Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Lecture 7...

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Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Lecture 7 Philistia and Canaan Although the Arab Israeli Conflict has the reputation of being rooted in ancient legends, its roots are quite recent and go back to the 19 th century The name of Palestine is derived from the Philistine, People of the Sea who were contemporaries to King David The name was adopted by the Roman to refer to their southern Syrian territories Other names by which Palestine became known were Canaan, Moab, Jebusites, and the Israelites; of those the Jebusites and the Philistines were probably non- Semitic The People of the Holy Land During most of the Ottoman Period (15 th -20 th Centuries) the people of Palestine were made up of Arabic speaking Sunni Muslims But the country included a large number of minorities including Christian Arabs, Druze, Sephardic, Yeminite and Ashkenazi Jews, Greeks, Turks, and a sizeable European community The main legal distinction between these people was that of nationality— Ottomans and non-Ottomans The Holy Land in the Ottoman Period In the 19 th century Palestine was made from the Jerusalem Governorate and
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MME Lec7 - Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Lecture 7...

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