Palestinian doctors under the British mandate: The formation of a profession

Liat Kozma, Yoni Furas

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During the final years of Ottoman rule and the three decades of British rule, Palestine witnessed the emergence of a community of professionally trained Palestinian Arab doctors. This study traces the evolution of the medical profession in Palestine against the background of the shifting cultural and symbolic capital of an expanding urban middle class and the educational possibilities that enabled this development. Palestinian Arab doctors are examined through a number of interconnected prisms: their activity in social, political, and professional regional networks, their modus operandi under British colonial rule, their response to Zionism and its accompanying influx of immigrant Jewish doctors, and their ability to mobilize collectively under a shared national vision.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)87-108
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020

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  • British mandate
  • Health care
  • Palestine
  • Physicians
  • Zionism


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