Religious Transformations among Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Years of Activity: 2012

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The way in which Arab society in Israel relates to religious observance and secularization has undergone pendulum-like swings, but these changes have not yet been studied comprehensively by academics. This research group is dealing with the place religion has had among Palestinian citizens of Israel – Muslims, Christians, and Druze – since 1948. The group is analyzing factors that shaped the dynamic attitude toward religion, while attempting to understand it in the political, social, economic, and regional contexts. The group will address such questions as whether the strengthening of religious identity is a substitute for national identity; what these processes contribute to our understanding of the national identity of Palestinians; and how social and economic processes in the Arab world affect religious identity.