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The Politics of PartitionKing Abdullah, the Zionists, and Palestine 1921-1951$
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Avi Shlaim

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198294597.001.0001

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A Falcon Trapped in a Canary’s Cage

A Falcon Trapped in a Canary’s Cage

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The Politics of Partition

Avi Shlaim

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides background information on the education and early political career of King Abdullah of Jordan. Abdullah was educated and received his military training in Constantinople and the Hijaz. He was appointed deputy for Mecca in the Ottoman Parliament between 1912 and 1914. He later became his father's foreign minister, political adviser, and one of the commanders of the Arab Revolt. During this period Abdullah developed his interest in Arab nationalism and linked his father's desire for autonomy in the Hijaz to the broader and more radical ideas for Arab emancipation from Ottoman rule.

Keywords:   King Abdullah, Jordan, Ottoman Parliament, foreign minister, political adviser, Arab nationalism, Hijaz, autonomy, Arab emancipation, Arab Revolt

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