A Land of Two Peoples: Martin Buber on Jews and Arabs / Edition 2

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Overview

Theologian, philosopher, and political radical, Martin Buber (1878–1965) was actively committed to a fundamental economic and political reconstruction of society as well as the pursuit of international peace. In his voluminous writings on Arab-Jewish relations in Palestine, Buber united his religious and philosophical teachings with his politics, which he felt were essential to a life of public dialogue and service to God.

Collected in A Land of Two Peoples are the private and open letters, addresses, and essays in which Buber advocated binationalism as a solution to the conflict in the Middle East. A committed Zionist, Buber steadfastly articulated the moral necessity for reconciliation and accommodation between the Arabs and Jews. From the Balfour Declaration of November 1917 to his death in 1965, he campaigned passionately for a "one state solution.

With the Middle East embroiled in religious and ethnic chaos, A Land of Two Peoples remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published more than twenty years ago. This timely reprint, which includes a new preface by Paul Mendes-Flohr, offers context and depth to current affairs and will be welcomed by those interested in Middle Eastern studies and political theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226078021
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 385,373
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Buber was professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he taught courses in anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and Hasidic and biblical studies. He is best known for his book I and Thou. Paul Mendes-Flohr is professor of Jewish studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and professor of modern Jewish thought in the Divinity School, the Department of History, and the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1 A state of cannons, flags, and military decorations? : February 1918 35
2 Toward the decision : March 1919 38
3 At this late hour : April 1920 42
4 Nationalism : September 1921 47
5 A proposed resolution on the Arab question : September 1921 58
6 Resolution on the Arab question of the twelfth Zionist Congress : September 1921 62
7 Notes from the congress concerning Zionist policy : October 1921 64
8 Sidelights : April 1922 68
9 Responsa on Zionist policy : September 1922 70
10 Brith shalom : 1925 72
11 Soul-searching : April 1926 76
12 No more declarations : August 1929 78
13 The national home and national policy in Palestine : October 1929 81
14 The Wailing Wall : October 1929 92
15 Hans Kohn : "Zionism is just Judaism" : November 1929 95
16 And if not now, when? : July 1932 100
17 Mohandas K. Gandhi : the Jews : November 1938 106
18 A letter to Gandhi : February 1939 111
19 Keep faith! : July 1938 126
20 Our pseudo-Samsons : June 1939 130
21 And today? : March 1939 134
22 Concerning our politics : August 1939 137
23 False prophets : spring 1940 142
24 Let us avoid provocations! : 3 March 1940 144
25 The Ichud : September 1942 148
26 In the days of silence : 1943 150
27 Do not believe it! : June 1944 151
28 Nathan Rotenstreich : I believed - too hastily? : August 1944 155
29 An additional clarification : a reply to Nathan Rotenstreich : August 1944 157
30 Dialogue on the Biltmore program : October 1944 160
31 A majority or many? : a postscript to a speech : May 1944 164
32 Politics and morality : April 1945 169
33 Our reply : September 1945 173
34 The meaning of Zionism : March 1946 179
35 A tragic conflict? : May 1946 185
36 It is not sufficient! : July 1946 189
37 A plea for clemency : August 1946 192
38 Two peoples in Palestine : June 1947 194
39 Can the deadlock be broken? : July 1947 203
40 The bi-national approach to Zionism : 1947 207
41 Let us not allow the rabble to rule us! : January 1948 215
42 A fundamental error which must be corrected : April 1948 217
43 Zionism and "Zionism" : May 1948 220
44 On the assassination of Count Bernadotte : September 1948 224
45 Let us make an end to falsities! : October 1948 226
46 Gideon Freudenberg : war and peace : an open letter to Martin Buber : December 1948 228
47 Facts and demands : a reply to Gideon Freudenberg : circa January 1949 236
48 On the moral character of the state of Israel : a debate with David Ben-Gurion : March 1949 239
49 Should the Ichud accept the decree of history? : spring 1949 245
50 The children of Amos : April 1949 253
51 "Preface" to a projected volume on Arab-Jewish rapprochement : circa 1950 258
52 A protest against expropriation of Arab lands : March 1953 261
53 We need the Arabs, they need us! : January 1954 263
54 Instead of polemics : November 1956 269
55 An outrage : November 1956 273
56 Socialism and peace : 1956 275
57 Active neutralism : October 1957 278
58 Letters from Arabs to Buber : 1958-1965 280
59 Memorandum on the military government : February 1958 283
60 Israel and the command of the spirit : April 1958 289
61 Letter to Ben-Gurion on the Arab refugees : October 1961 294
62 Ben-Gurion and Israel's Arabs : January 1962 296
63 We must grant the Arabs truly equal rights : January 1962 297
64 On the development of the Galilee : an exchange between Buber and Levi Eshkol : October 1964 300
65 The time to try : February 1965 303
Buber's legacy : 1993
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