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William Tyler
English Arabists and Zionists

Monday 10.06.2024


In this lecture, William Tyler explores the extraordinary history of English Arabs and Zionists. In the 19th and 20th centuries, many English travellers to Arab lands were captivated by its culture and became supporters of the Arab cause. These travellers included explorers, generals, academics, and Foreign Office officials. The roots of British Zionism trace back to the Puritans, who believed God ordained the return of Jews to Israel. Prime Minister Lloyd George and others went further, suggesting that Christ’s Second Coming depended on Jews being restored to their biblical lands. In this talk, William highlights figures such as Orde Wingate and Glubb Pasha.

William Tyler

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William Tyler has spent his entire professional life in adult education, beginning at Kingsgate College in 1969. He has lectured widely for many public bodies, including the University of Cambridge and the WEA, in addition to speaking to many clubs and societies. In 2009, William was awarded the MBE for services to adult education, and he has previously been a scholar in residence at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.