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A Professor at Centenary College Publishes a Historical Monograph

02/28/2014, 01:46 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale, an Assistant Professor of History at Centenary College, has recently launched his monograph “Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism & Nationalism, 1917-1948,” which was published by Edinburgh University Press.

The title shows how Arab Christians struggled to balance religious and nationalist identities in Palestine between 1917 and 1948.  Dr. Haiduc-Dale focuses on the relationship between Arab Christians and the nationalist movement in Palestine as the British Mandate unfolded throughout the first half of the 20th century.  Evidence of individual behaviors and beliefs, as well as those of Christian organizations (both religious and social in nature), challenges the prevailing assumption that Arab Christians were prone to communalism.  Instead, they were as likely as their Muslim compatriots to support nationalism.  When social pressure led Christians identify along communal lines, they did so in conjunction with a stronger dedication to nationalism.

“In recent years, several excellent monographs have been published by historians of the interwar Levant, and (Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine) by Noah Haiduc-Dale is a nuanced and engaging addition to this field,” says Lauren Banko, SOAS, University of London, PhD Student Associate Member.

Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale holds a PhD from New York University in Middle Eastern Studies and History, a MA from the University of Arizona in Near Eastern Studies, a MA from Central Michigan University in English Language and Literature and a BA from Hope College in English and Philosophy with a minor in Religion.

“The Centenary College community is very proud of Dr. Haiduc-Dale’s recent accomplishment,” says Dr. Harriett Gaddy, Chair of Behavioral and Historical Studies and Graduate Department Psychology Program Director.  “We are extremely pleased that he is a new member of the Centenary faculty as of this year.  He brings a wealth of experience in the area of Middle Eastern Studies and is an excellent addition to the Centenary College family.”

For more information about this monograph, please call 1-800-445-9714 or e-mail custserv.us@oup.com.

 Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.