Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory (Cultures by Ahmad H. Sa'di,Lila Abu-Lughod

By Ahmad H. Sa'di,Lila Abu-Lughod

For outdoors observers, present occasions in Israel, Gaza, and the West financial institution are seldom with regards to the collective reminiscence of standard Palestinians. yet for Palestinians themselves, the iniquities of the current are skilled as a continual replay of the injustice of the past.

By concentrating on stories of the Nakba or "catastrophe" of 1948, during which millions of Palestinians have been dispossessed to create the nation of Israel, the members to this quantity remove darkness from the modern Palestinian adventure and make clear the ethical claims they make for justice and redress.

The book's essays examine the ways that Palestinians have remembered and arranged themselves round the Nakba, a primary trauma that is still refracted via Palestinian own and collective reminiscence. reading oral histories and written narratives, poetry and cinema, own testimony and court docket proof, the authors express how the continued event of violence, displacement, and career have reworked the pre-Nakba earlier and the land of Palestine into symbols of what has been and remains to be lost.

Nakba brings to mild the various ways that Palestinians skilled and maintain in reminiscence the occasions of 1948. it's the first booklet to ascertain intimately how thoughts of Palestine's cataclysmic earlier are formed by way of changes of sophistication, gender, new release, and geographical position. In exploring the ability of the prior, the authors express the urgency of the query of reminiscence for knowing the contested background of the present.

Contributors: Lila Abu Lughod, Columbia collage; Diana Keown Allan, Harvard collage; Haim Bresheeth, college of East London; Rochelle Davis, Georgetown college; Samera Esmeir, college of California, Berkeley; Isabelle Humphries, collage of Surrey; Lena Jayyusi, Zayed collage; Laleh Khalili, SOAS, college of London; Omar Al-Qattan, filmmaker; Ahmad H. Sa'di, Ben-Gurion college; Rosemary Sayigh, Lebanon-based anthropologist; Susan Slyomovics, college of California, Los Angeles

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