An Arab University in the State of Israel

Challenges, Obstacles, and Possibilities

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Nohad ‘Ali University of Haifa nohadali@univ.haifa.ac.il

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Abstract

The notion of having an Arab university in the State of Israel is exceedingly controversial, but also of great value and political and cultural significance. Can such a dream become a reality in a state that defines itself as Jewish, as well as democratic? This article discusses the vision of establishing an Arab university, including the previous attempts to establish one, the barriers and obstacles encountered, the reality of inequality of academic rights, and how this dream might actually be brought to fruition. The creation of an Arab university could represent an important step in serving the needs of Israel's Arab citizens, promoting their status in the state, and protecting their identity, culture, and even existence.

Contributor Notes

NOHAD ‘ALI is Head of the Center of Multiculturalism Study and a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Western Galilee Academic College. He also teaches at the University of Haifa and is Director of the Arab-Jewish-State Unit at the Samuel Neaman Institute of the Technion. He is the author of Between Ovadia and Abdallah: Jewish and Islamic Fundamentalism in Israel (2013, in Hebrew) and other books. E-mail: nohadali@univ.haifa.ac.il

RIMA'A DA'AS is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Education, Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. Her research areas include organizational learning and change, leaders’ cognitive complexity and educational leadership, leadership characteristics and school outcomes, higher education, and the development of statistical methods for educational research. E-mail: rimaajd@gmail.com

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