Introduction: A historical context of palestinian Arab education

Ismael Abu-Saad, Duane Champagne

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This introduction reviews the historical and political context that provides an essential background for exploring key contemporary issues in Palestinian Arab education in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Formal public education in Palestine, from its very beginnings, was never under the control of the Palestinian people but instead, has been controlled by successive colonial/external administrations. This introduction examines how major historical periods have affected the development of Palestinian Arab education from the Ottoman period (1516 to 1917) to the British Mandate period (1917 to 1948) to the post-1948 period after the establishment of Israel, which includes the post-1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Oslo agreement period from 1993 to 2000, and the first and second Palestinian Intifadas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1051
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2006


  • British Mandate
  • Israel
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Palestinian Arab education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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