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Abu-Jildeh was the most notorious outlaw in Mandate Palestine's history, whose legend lives on even today. The article looks at the historical truths behind Abu-Jildeh, while examining the story as a case study for a criminal's transformation into a folk hero.

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Abu-Jildeh's story serves as an interesting example to the ways in which a national hero narrative is formed, regardless of actual facts.

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Researching this article gave me a fresh outlook on one of Mandate Palestine's most celebrated figures, as well as on local society and police during the 1930s.

Shlomi Chetrit
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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This page is a summary of: “Palestine’s Robin Hood”: Abu‐Jildeh and the Making of a Social Bandit, Journal of Historical Sociology, August 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/johs.12344.
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