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While the international community and regional powers in the Middle East are focussing on finding a solution to Israel's 'external problem' - the future of the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip - another political conflict is emerging on the domestic Israel scene: the question of the future status of Israel's Palestinian minority within the 1967 borders. The Palestinian minority in Israel are currently experiencing a new trend in their political development. Here, Ghanem and Mustafa term that development 'The Politics of Faith', referring to the demographic, religious and social transformations among the Palestinian minority that have facilitated and strengthened their self-confidence. Such heightened self-confidence is also the basis for key changes in their cultural and social life, as well as political activity. This book traces the emergence of a new and diverse generation of political leadership, how Palestinian society has developed and empowered itself within Israel, and the politicization of Islamic activism in Israel.
As'ad Ghanem is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Haifa, Israel. His theoretical work has explored the legal, institutional and political conditions in ethnic states and conflict studies. He has published eight books and numerous articles about ethnic politics in divided societies, including about ethnic divisions and Arab-Jewish relations in Israel. He has been the initiator and designer of several policy schemes and empowerment programs for Arabs in Israel. Mohanad Mustafa is a senior lecturer at Beit Berl College and lecturer of the Middle East Politics program at the University of Haifa, Israel. He specializes in political Islam, Arab regimes, democratization and politics in Palestine and Israel. He has published various articles in referred journals about these issues, and is the general director of Mada Al-Carmel - Arab center for Applied Social Research.