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A city yet to come a story of Arab Jerusalem 1948–1967

Naamneh, Haneen (2019) A city yet to come a story of Arab Jerusalem 1948–1967. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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This thesis introduces a historical documentation of Arab Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967. Following the Nakba in 1948, mandate Jerusalem was partitioned into an Arab city and a Jewish city. The western neighbourhoods of Jerusalem were occupied by Israel, while the Old City and the eastern neighbourhoods outside the walls were annexed to Jordan. These parts became known as Arab Jerusalem, a polity that was shaped by the Palestinian residents, the municipality and other social institutions, as well as the Jordanian government. The thesis documents the history of the (re)making of Arab Jerusalem after the Nakba, including its urban revival and development. This historical documentation sheds light on dimensions of communal dynamics and urban revival after 1948, which are not thoroughly documented in Palestinian narratives on the Nakba. The thesis illuminates the ways in which Arab Jerusalem represented a state of in-betweenness during the first two decades after the Nakba, as a partitioned city of refugees located at the border with its lost homeland, while it sought at the same time to revive and become a productive space for its residents. The historical documentation introduced in the thesis particularly engages with the struggle and efforts of the municipality under Jordanian rule, in light of the municipality’s loss of the town hall and resources in the Israeli occupied part of the city in 1948. The thesis considers the history of the Jerusalem municipality from the late mandate period (1945–1948) through Jordanian rule and ends with the first few weeks following the Israeli occupation in 1967, when the Arab municipal council was dissolved. For this documentation, the thesis relies primarily on the records of the Arab municipality, which are located at the Jerusalem Municipality Archive. In addition, it deploys historical materials collected from archives and libraries in Palestine, Israel and the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2019 Haneen Naamneh
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Supervisor: Bhatt, Chetan and Çubukçu, Ayça

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