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National Identity, Attachments and Solidarity

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This chapter deals with the emergence of national attachments and various processes of group formation in the Palestinian Territories and how these developments have been experienced by Palestinian Christians, affecting their perceptions of Christian-Muslim relations and of their own positions within a Palestinian national community. Early manifestations of Palestinian nationalism included movements that sought to build a society based on Islamic tenets, but it also included secular visions for Palestinian self-determination, partly inspired by late nineteenth century nationalisms in Europe. Traditional expressions of national commitment have been challenged, allowing nationalist meaning to be ascribed to new forms of behavior. At the same time, traditional conceptions and practices of national solidarity can be publicly enforced, while acts and practices that violate such conceptions, such as social gatherings and activities associated with liberal lifestyles, can be socially sanctioned.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relations; Europe; nationalism; Palestinian Christians; solidarity

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