Include two dimensions in your title. The first should be descriptive language referring to the
paper’s subject matter. And the second should refer to your main point or argument.
Your introduction should do four things: (a) make it clear why the study of the ideology is
important, (b) identify the chief intellectual challenge it poses in terms of our understanding
of Israel, (c) a brief statement as to your main finding and (d) a brief overview of the paper.
This section is where you will establish the groundwork for your analysis. You can begin by
locating your ideology within the larger historical context (what was happening at the time,
and so forth). Say something here regarding (a) ideas and actors involved and (b) a general
discussion regarding their historical development.
In this part of the paper, you can (a) introduce the ideology or belief-system under review,
(b) identify its sources (local or external influences), and (c) state its main assumptions
regarding the way the ideology seeks to explain past, present and future.
Here you can analyze the ideology or belief system you have selected. This you can do with
several things in mind: (a) its internal, intellectual, coherence, (b) its successes and (c) its
failures or shortcomings.
Restate the main intellectual issue to emerge from the ideology, or belief-system, you have
chosen. Then, restate what you take to be the main point to emerge from your analysis. And,
finally, offer some comments as to the implications of this story for the future.
Your sources should be lavish. Think of them in terms of three domains of source-material:
(a) academic books and journal articles, (b) popular publications such as news magazines and
(c) newspaper reports. The JSTOR site will be important here, as will Project Muse and a
number of other aggregates available from your library service. Look also into the back
issues of the Palestine Post, the New York Times, the Times of London and other publications
available in your library system.
About the style of the composition, three quick points will suffice. First, you will not need a
title page, just get right to it (name, course number in upper right or left, single-spaced).
Second, use only Times New Roman and standard margins. And third, in addition to your
paper’s title, use section-headings to announce points of transition in the essay (a single word or
a short phrase that captures the essence of what is coming in the section).
Please use footnotes after the fashion of the Chicago Manual of Style. With regard to the
footnotes, remember to put them in Times New Roman and bring them down to ten-point font,
in single-space. Also, be sure to provide a proper bibliography.