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The Non-Jewish Origin of Zionism

Mohameden Ould-Mey.

This paper is an attempt, based on published primary and secondary sources, to rethink the genesis of Zionism in light of the historical geography and geopolitics of the movement. The overall focus will be on when and where Zionism was born and who fathered it. It is argued that from the time of the Reformation on, many schemes of colonial Restoration or Zionist colonization were conceived and developed by non-Jewish Europeans (religious as well as atheist), well before Yehuda Alkalay (1798-1878), Moses Hess (1812-1875), and Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), whose emergence actually marked only the beginning of the Zionization of the Jews themselves and their direct involvement with the originally and essentially non-Jewish idea of Zionism.


Mohameden Ould-Mey  (United States)
Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Geography, Geology and Anthropology
Indiana State University

Mohameden Ould-Mey is Assistant Professor of Geography at Indiana State University. His areas of research concentration include development policy and theory, Africa and the Middle East, and the development of geographic thought. His published works include Currency Devaluation and Resource Transfer from the South to the North, The New Global Command Economy, and Global Restructuring and Peripheral States. He is Associate Editor of the Arab World Geographer.

  • Zionism
  • Geopolitics
  • Reformation
  • Anglican England
  • Napoleon
  • Jewish Question
  • Eastern Question

(Virtual Presentation, English)