Unpacking the modern, national self : the diary of Khalil al-Sakakini
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Khalil al-Sakakini's (1878-1953) diary has been a valuable source for historians of Palestinian history. As an intellectual and politically active resident of Jerusalem who recorded his thoughts in a private journal for 45 years, it is small wonder that historians have often used al-Sakakini's diary to label him as a nationalist and to comment on the condition of the Palestinian nationalist movement during different historical periods. Yet the diary also reveals that al-Sakakini was burdened with troubled cognitions that caused him distress, cognitions that would problematize efforts to typify him as a nationalist. In this thesis, I revisit the diary in order to reassess the existing literature on al-Sakakini. I argue that al-Sakakini's entangled and often dissonant thoughts and behavior indicate that compounded processes of self-identification were occurring throughout the diary, processes identifiable through rigorous micro-historical examination of the interplay between this individual and his environment. In order to uncover these processes, I support my alternative interpretations of al-Sakakini's character using theories from psychology and sociology, namely, Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance and Pierre Bourdieu's <italic>habitus
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