They Were Prepared: The Palestinian Arab Scout Movement 1920-1948

Arnon Degani

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This article explores different historical aspects of the Palestinian scouting movement, mainly during the British Mandate (1920-1948). I begin with the general contours of the movement's development and its deteriorating relationship with the Mandate government. I then proceed to reconstruct and analyze scouting culture, showing how it exposed Palestinian boys and young men to a vast array of socializing practices which solidified identification with local communities, parent organizations, and the Palestinian Arab nation. The article also shows that scouting was a visible and powerful component of the Palestinian public sphere. This article explores a historical phenomenon significant to the broader history of Palestinian society and the development of the national movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-218
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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