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The Colonies of Law

The Colonies of Law
Colonialism, Zionism and Law in Early Mandate Palestine

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521631839

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  • This book traces attempts of Jewish jurists-nationalists to establish a nonreligious system of Hebrew Courts in British-ruled Palestine. The book analyzes the secular, national and anticolonial ideology of the Hebrew Law of Peace and shows that Jewish religious groups, secular lawyers and leading Zionist institutions undermined the Hebrew Law project. The book explores the reluctance of leading Zionists to allow communities, rather than organized quasi-state institutions, to define the trajectory of Jewish nationalism.

    • Explores law as a medium for community justice
    • Discusses law as part of a national movement
    • Analyzes the relationship between colonizing powers and the legal profession
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Shamir's study of the Hebrew Law of Peace is historically informative." S. Bowman, Choice

    "In this fascinating study...Ronen Shamir has made a significant contribution to our understanding of both the legal underpinnings of the Israeli state and the history of Zionism." American Historical Review

    "Shamir's study provides a model social history of hegemony and counterhegemony of interest to readers with little specialized knowledge or interest in Israel. Lisa Hajjar American Journal Of Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521631839
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 162 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mandatory Palestine: the enigma of the missing colonial state
    2. Whose tradition?: imageries of the past in Hebrew law
    3. State law and communal justice
    4. Celebrating authenticity and practising hybridity
    5. Nationalism as a disciplinary regime
    6. Lawyering the nation
    7. Nation-building and the containment of legality
    8. Dead law and statism: a suggested lesson.

  • Author

    Ronen Shamir, Tel-Aviv University

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