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The Nation and Its "New" WomenThe Palestinian Women's Movement, 1920-1948$
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Ellen Fleischmann

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520237896

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520237896.001.0001

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Palestinian Women and the Rule of the British Mandate

Palestinian Women and the Rule of the British Mandate

(p.24) 2. Palestinian Women and the Rule of the British Mandate
The Nation and Its "New" Women

Ellen L. Fleischmann

University of California Press

On December 11, 1987, the Britons arrived in Jerusalem and took control of Palestine. This signaled the beginning of profound transformations in the lives of Palestinian Arabs. Similar to other British colonies, Palestine ultimately bore the cultural, political, social, and economic imprint of British imperial domination. This was particularly the case with those Palestinians who came into direct contact with British officials and the government institutions that carried out mandate policies. Concepts such as “British justice” entered the Palestinian discourse on notions of fairness, legality, and rights. British ideas on education, character development, hygiene, and universal womanhood were reflected in the workings of governmental institutions, which in turn influenced Palestinian cultural and social practices.

Keywords:   Palestine, British, conquest, culture, domination

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