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BAFF 1605A - Introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course provides an overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since its inception and examines its political, historical and ideological aspects. It seeks to present key elements to understand an issue of controversy and great interest in the world today. The conflict between the state of Israel and the Palestinians often makes the headlines of the news. The Gaza strip, Zionism, Hamas, the Oslo agreements are ones of the numerous words and expressions that we believe to be familiar with. Only put in its historical context can a conflict be understood and debated in a relevant way. This course is about learning the key elements of the history of small territory, from the Mediterranean sea to the Jordan : Israel and Palestine. After an introduction the geography of the region, this class will follow a chronological order, starting from the end of the Ottoman Empire, and studying the British Mandate (1920-1948), the birth and developments of nationalism, the Jewish Zionist one and the Palestinian one, and then from the period which started in 1948 with the creation of Israel and the Nakba. The role of international players, such as France, Great-Britain, the United States, the Soviet Unions, Arab states and Iran will be discussed. Each session will imply compulsory readings in English.


  • GHILES-MEILHAC, Samuel (Sociologue et Historien)
  • NICOLAS KAUFMAN, Naomi (Etudiante)


One written test in class, one essay at home plus oral participation in class.