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Jamal Daniel Fellow Dr. Charles Anderson speaks on The Great Revolt

Washington, DC – On Wednesday evening, January 30, Dr. Charles Anderson, the Jamal Daniel Fellow for the Study of the Levant, gave a lecture on Popular State Formation during "the Great Revolt" in Palestine (1936-1939) at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Dr. Anderson noted that The Great Revolt has often been depicted as a disorderly and chaotic failure and, more damningly, as a catalyst of the Palestinians’ catastrophic defeat a decade later in 1948.  During his lecture, Dr. Anderson presented an alternative reading of primary sources that examined how the rebels pushed the British Mandate to the verge of collapse.  Dr. Anderson contends that the vigor of the Palestinian insurgency owed not only to its popular character and wide appeal among peasants, youth, and workers, but to the development of a vibrant organizational infrastructure that underpinned the uprising.  By exploring the significance of key rebel institutions and the dynamics of popular state formation Dr. Anderson argues for a new understanding of this pivotal moment in Palestinian history and the history of the Mandate.

“I am honored to hold the Jamal Daniel fellowship and it has been very helpful to me at this stage in my career to have had the support and the time to work on preparing my research for publication,” said Dr. Anderson

“Dr. Anderson’s research provides a window on the many narratives surrounding the history of the Levant and underscores the importance of deepening our understanding of the historical events that have shaped a modern Levant,” said Levant Foundation founder Mr. Jamal Daniel. “I continue to be impressed by the caliber of the fellows and Dr. Anderson is no exception.”  

Dr. Anderson recently received his doctorate from New York University’s program on History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.  His research and teaching have focused on imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and anti-colonialism, political economy and capitalist transformation, social movements, youth, peasants and peasant politics, the history of Palestine/Israel (especially the British Mandate period), U.S. foreign policy, neoliberalism, and neoconservatism. 

In cooperation with Georgetown University, the Jamal Daniel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for the Study of the Levant supports two recent PhDs whose academic interests focus on the Levantine region—defined as Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey—for one academic year. The Fellows are required to teach a small seminar on a topic of their choosing, among other duties.

The Levant Foundation is a private, non-profit organization committed to the furthering of knowledge about Middle Eastern culture and history and the complex interrelations of the three monotheistic religions born in the Middle East: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Operating in an increasingly diverse society, the Foundation is committed to cooperation with universities, institutions of fine art, and with religious and research institutions to sponsor and fund artistic, academic and educational programs.