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Book launch: Palestine in the Victorian Age: Colonial Encounters in the Holy Land

An Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies lecture
Date7 December 2022
Time17:30 to 19:00
PlaceIAIS Building/LT1

This talk considers British involvement in and attitudes towards Palestine during the so-called “Peaceful Crusade” of the nineteenth century. It presents aspects of the author’s book Palestine in the Victorian Age, arguing that Britain’s occupation, and the Zionist movement’s settler-colonisation, were significantly prefigured by Victorian Britons.

Drawing on Evangelical Christian discourses around the Holy Land and the Jewish people and the geopolitical rivalries of the Eastern Question, these individuals created expectations for Palestine’s future which were then put into practice from 1917 to 1948 and beyond.


Gabriel Polley completed his PhD in Palestine studies in the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, in 2020. He previously studied history of art and literature at the University of East Anglia, and Palestine and Arabic studies at Birzeit University, and taught in the West Bank, Palestine. He currently works in London in the translation and international development sector. Palestine in the Victorian Age is his first book.


Tea and coffee will be available from 16.45.

ProviderInstitute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Speaker(s)Dr Gabriel Polley

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