PROMPT: Shira Robinson’s Citizen Strangers deals with the aftermath of the 1948 Nakba, focusing on Palestinian Arabs living within Israel. She argues that Israel’s practices towards its Arab minority reveal the contradictions within its identity as a “liberal settler state.” In an essay of 500-750 words (2-3pp double-spaced), explore the themes of citizenship/nationality in Robinson’s book. How and why did citizenship become a category of exclusion?
The rules: your essay should do the following:
- begin with a thesis statement (a core argument of your own design) that connects the themes of citizenship/nationality to Robinson’s discussion of partition;
- employ 2 sustained examples that are linked to the thesis and go into some detail;
- use/cite both Robinson and other relevant readings from this course (D/R readings; Clark; Khan; etc); citations should appear as Chicago Manual of Style footnotes (a link to the CMS website appears below; no bibliographies or works cited pages, please).
- include some assessment of Robinson’s methodology, sources, evidence, or conclusions.
Midterm essays are expected to be completed individually; no group work is allowed. You can email me with any clarificatory questions. Your midterm is due via Canvas upload on May 27 (.doc, .docx, and .rtf formats only; no .pdf allowed). If you experience trouble in uploading your exam, please email it to me!
CMS Formatting Guide: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html