Palestine Culture

Palestinian Culture

Palestinian Authority postage stamp (2003) - Embroidery

The Israel Defences Forces Order No. 101 (1967) : REGARDING PROHIBITION OF INCITEMENT AND HOSTILE PROPAGANDA ACTIONS, forbade Palestinians to use the word “Palestine,” depict or raise their flag, and make art that combined red, green, black, and white.


See also :

The Palestinian Poster Project Archive  :

Gallery Al-Quds (Washington DC) :

Naji [Salim] al-Ali [Palestinian political cartoonist, assassinated in London, 1987]

A Child in Palestine : Cartoons of Naji al-Ali  (with an introduction by Joe Sacco; Verso Books, 2009)

International Cartoon Exhibition in Commemoration of Naji al-Ali  (Kufa Gallery, 2003)

see also illustrations used in Nassar Ibrahim and Dr Majed Nassar : Small Dreams – 14 Short Stories from Palestine  (Ramallah : Bailason Design, 2003)

see also Ajil Naji al-Anezi : An Analytical Study of the Theatre of the Syrian Playwright Saadallah Wannous, with Particular Emphasis on the Plays Written after the 1967 War (PhD thesis, University of Sheffield, 2006)

Note : see Andreas Qassam‘s university thesis, Arab Political Cartoons : The 2006 Lebanon War :


Arin Ahmed [interviewee], Benjamin Ben-Eliezer [interviewer], and Ron Rege, Jr. [illustrator]

She Sometimes Switched to Fluent English and Occasionally Used a Few Words of Hebrew.   An interview conducted in Israel, June 9, 2002. Arin Ahmed was a Palestinian prisoner who had decided at the last minute not to go through with a suicide bombing, and was arrested by Israeli forces soon thereafter. (San Francisco : McSweeney’s, 24pp, 2004) Transcript adapted into small comic book format.


Aida Refugee Camp

Aida Camp Alphabet  (Aida Refugee Camp Lajee Centre, 2016)   Bilingual art collage book by children, based on Arabic alphabet.

The Boy and the Wall   (Aida Refugee Camp Lajee Centre, 2016)   Bilingual book by children at the camp.


Naji al-Ali (Palestinian Nakba child exile raised in Lebanese refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh; the leading Palestinian political cartoonist, anonymously assassinated in London, 1987)  Compilations in Arabic, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese, but sadly underdocumented in English language books.  Main work 1975-1987.

A Child in Palestine : The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali  (Verso, 177 pages, 2006)


Ziva Amir

Arabesque : Decorative Needlework from the Holy Land  (Van Nostrand Reinhold / Israel : Masada Press, 1977)


Suad Amiry

Traditional Floor Tiles in Palestine (Ramallah : RIWAQ Centre for Architectural History, 2000)

The Palestinian Village Home (London : British Museum Publications, 1989)

see also the author’s unpublished PhD thesis, Edinburgh University (1987) : Space, Kinship and Gender – The Social Dimension of Peasant Architecture in Palestineavailable via the British Library and university libraries.


Nabil Anani (widely exhibited fine artist, born Latroun, resident of Ramallah)

The Art of Memory : Palestine, Landscape and People  (Saqi Books, 2018)  1976-2016 paintings presented and assessed, with foreword by Mourid Barghouti and contributions by Bashir Makhoul (University of Bedfordshire), Rana Anani (Palestine Museum, Birzeit; al-Ayyam newspaper), Tina Sherwell (Birzeit University), Nana Shabout (University of North Texas), Lara Khalidi (Al-Quds Bard University), and Housni Alkhateeb Shehada (Levinsky College, Tel Aviv).


Gannit Ankori (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Palestinian Art (Reaktion Books, 2006) Featured artists : Sliman Mansour, Kamal Boullata, Mona Hatoum, Khalil Rabah


Peter F. [Frederick] Anson

A Pilgrim Artist in Palestine  (EP Dutton / Alexander-Ouseley, 1932)  Ink drawings from 1930 : urban, rural, and seacoast.


Marcus Armstrong

Palestine – Black and White  [photographs] (Milton Keynes : Blue on Blue, 2014)


Iasmin Omar Ata

Mis(h)adra   (Simon & Schuster, 2017) Graphic novel merging Palestinians with non-Palestinians who have disabilities, in this case, Epilepsy.


Türkkaya Ataöv

The Independent Personality of the Palestinians Through Their Arts  (International Organisation for the Elimination of All Forms of RacialDiscrimination, 16pp pamphlet, 1981)



Samar Attar

Debunking the Myths of Colonization : The Arabs and Europe  (Lanham, Maryland : University Press of America, 2010)


Sylvia Auld Robert Hillenbrand, editors

Ottoman Jerusalem : The Living City, 1517-1917  with architectural survey by Yusuf Natsheh  (The British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem in co-operation with the Administration of Auqaf and Islamic Affairs, Jerusalem two volumes, 2000). Contents, Vol. 1 : Robert Hillenbrand Structure, Style and Context in the Monuments of Ottoman Jerusalem Abdul-Karim Rafeq :  The Political History of Ottoman Jerusalem  /  Khairiah Kasmieh The Leading Intellectuals of Late Ottoman Jerusalem and Their Biographies Abdul-Karim Rafeq :  The ‘Ulama’ of Ottoman Jerusalem (16th-18th Centuries) Klaus Kreiser The Place of Jerusalem in Ottoman Perception Martin Strohmeier Al-Kulliyya Al-Salahiyya, a Late Ottoman University in Jerusalem Abdul-Karim Rafeq :  Ottoman Jerusalem in the Writings of Arab Travellers Ernst Axel Knauf Ottoman Jerusalem in Western Eyes Angelika Neuwirth Jerusalem in Islam : The Three Honorary Names of the City Michele Bernardini Popular and Symbolic Iconographies Related to the Haram Al-Sharif During the Ottoman Period Khadr Salameh Aspects of the Sijills of the Shari’a Court in Jerusalem Mohammad ‘Ali ‘Alami The Waqfs of the Traditional Families of Jerusalem During the Ottoman Period Mahmud Atallah Architects in Jerusalem in the 10th-11th / 16th-17th Centuries : The Documentary Evidence Lawrence I. Conrad The Khalidi Library Paolo Cuneo : The Urban Structure and Physical Organisation of Ottoman Jerusalem in the Context of Ottoman Urbanism Rashid I. al-Khalidi Intellectual Life in Late Ottoman Jerusalem George Hintlian The Commercial Life of Ottoman Jerusalem  Ruth Victor Hummel Reality, Imagination and Belief : Jerusalem in 19th and Early 20th Century Photographs (1839-1917) Kamal F. al-‘Asali The Cemeteries of Ottoman Jerusalem Kamal F. al-‘Asali The Libraries of Ottoman Jerusalem Nancy Micklewright Costume in Ottoman Jerusalem  /  Claudia OttThe Songs and Musical Instruments of Ottoman Jerusalem Vera Tamari Two Ottoman Ceremonial Banners in Jerusalem David Myers An Overview of the Islamic Architecture of Ottoman Jerusalem Sylvia Auld Stars, Roses, and Interlace : Architectural Decoration in Ottoman Jerusalem Susal Roaf Life in 19th Century Jerusalem Beatrice St Laurent The Dome of the Rock : Restorations and Significance, 1540-1918 John Carswell The Deconstruction of the Dome of the Rock Finbarr B. Flood The Ottoman Windows in the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa Mosque  James W. Allan Marwan Abu Khalaf The Painted Wooden Ceiling in the Inner Ambulatory of the Dome of the Rock Sharif M. Sharif : Ceiling Decoration in Jerusalem During the Late Ottoman Period, 1856-1917Michael Hamilton Burgoyne The East Wall of the Haram Al-Sharif : A Note on its Archaeological Potential Mahmud Hawari The Citidel (Qal ‘ A) in the Ottoman Period : An Overview Martin Dow The Hammams of Ottoman Jerusalem David Myers Restorations to Masjid Mahd ‘Isa (The Cradle of Jesus) During the Ottoman Period David Myers Al-‘Imara Al-‘Amira : The Charitable Foundation of Khassaki Sultan (959/1552)  / Yusuf NatshehThe Architecture of Ottoman Jerusalem.   Contents, Volume 2 :  Yusuf Natsheh : Catalogue of Buildings / David Myers A Grammar of Architectural Ornament in Ottoman Jerusalem.

See also :  Robert Hillenbrand


Nur Avieli

Food & Power : A Culinary Ethnography of Israel  (University of California Press, 2017)  Holiday barbecues link to American culture, while Italian pizzas invoke the Mediterranean.


Ariella Azoulay

From Palestine to Israel : A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950  – with translations by Charles S. Kamen (Pluto Press, 2011) – An excellent compilation if you can read small text and don’t mind the mid-tone emphasis of the greyscale images, which are important nonetheless.

-with  Raef Zreik / edited by Lesley A. Martin :  Testimony : Photographs by Gillian Laub  (New York City : Aperture / London : Thames & Hudson, 2007)   Documents Israeli Palestinians.

-see also Azoulay in OLDER PALESTINE HISTORY.


Itab Azzam and Dina Mousawi

Syria: Recipes from Home (Trapeze, 2017)  Authors’ research includes work with Syrian refugee women in Lebanon.


Anna Ball (Nottingham Trent University)

Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective  (Routledge, 2012)


Fred Berk, editor

Ha-Rikud : The Jewish Dance  (American Zionist Youth Foundation, 1972)  Contains Gurit Kadman : Folk Dance in Israelon appropriation of Dabke for Zionist culture.


Melten Ahiska, Akeel Bilgrami, Tuncay BircanTimothy BrennanHarry HarootunianRashid KhalidiElias KhourySaree MakdisiMahmood MamdaniJoseph Massad, Ilan Pappe, Jacqueline RoseMuge Gursoy Sokmen and Basak Ertur, editors-contributors

Waiting for the Barbarians : A Tribute to Eric Said (Verso, 2008)


Golbarg Bashi

P is for Palestine : A Palestine Alphabet Book  (author, 2017, 2018)  The first-ever English-language ABC story book about Palestine, told in rhymes.


Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool)

I Exist (In Some Way)  (Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 2013)  Includes Palestinian photographers.


Kamal Boullata

Palestinian Art 1850-to the Present (London : Saqi aka Al Saqi Books, 2009)

see : Steve Sabella


Benjamin Brinner

Playing Across a Divide : Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters (Oxford University Press, 2009) Follows the bands Bustan Abraham and Alei Hazayit from their creation and throughout their careers, as well as the collaborative projects of Israeli artist Yair Dalal.


Martin Bunton

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict : A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, Very Short Introduction series, 2013)


Ami Elad-Bouskila

Modern Palestinian Literature and Culture (Frank Cass, 1999 / Routledge, 2013) Focus on literature, rather than other arts, with welcome stopping points, such as “Where do Israeli-Arab Writers Publish / Write About?”  Includes the quest for Palestinian identity within Israel, choices of language, the literature of the first Intifada, Jerusalem, and numerous authors such as Emile Habibi.


Catalogue : 5th Craftsman and Designer exhibition, Oxford (Oxford University, 1956) Includes Violet Barbour Muslim Embroideries / Grace Crowfoot : The Embroidery of Ramallah 


Elena Cheah

An Orchestra Beyond Borders : Voices of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  (Verso, 2009) Story of the ensemble founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said in 1999.


Grace Mary Crowfoot (GM Crowfoot)

with John Winter Crowfoot & Kathleen M. Kenyon : The Objects from Samaria (Palestine Exploration Fund, 1957)

with John Winter Crowfoot : Early Ivories from Samaria  (Palestine Exploration Fund, 1938)

with Louise Baldensperger : From Cedar to Hyssop : A Study in the Folklore of Plants in Palestine (Sheldon Press, 1932)

Note also handicrafts and related in the Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly.


Marcello Di Cintio (Canadian journalist)

Pay No Heed to Rockets : Palestine in the Present Tense  (Saqi Books, 2018)  A lyrical travelogue of the author’s meetings with Palestinian writers, poets, librarians, booksellers, readers and literary salon hosts.


Muna Abu Eid

Mahmoud Darwish : Literature and the Politics of Palestinian Identity (IB Tauris 2016).  Publisher’s blurb : “Mahmoud Darwish is the poet laureate of the Palestinian national struggle. His poems resonate across the entire Arab world and, more than any other single figure perhaps since the death of Yasser Arafat, he represents a unifying figurehead for Palestinian national aspirations. In this, the first comprehensive biography of Darwish in English, Muna Abu Eid examines the poet’s intellectual status on two fronts – both national and public – and offers a critical assessment of Darwish’s national and political life. Based on Darwish’s own writings and interviews with people who worked with him and situating Darwish’s poetry within the wider context of Palestinian struggles inside Israel, this book explores the influence of Darwish’s life and work in the Palestinian territories and in the diaspora: from the destruction of his Galilee village and displacement of his family during the 1948 Nakba; to his return and ‘infiltration’ back into the homeland and the struggle for survival inside Israel; to his internal and external exiles in Haifa, Moscow, Cairo, Beirut, Tunisia, Paris and even Ramallah.”


Tor Eigeland [photography]

Exodus, 1967 – The Story of Arab Refugees  (Beirut : Friends of the Arab Refugees, 24pp, 1967) Numerous full page photographs of Arab refugees from the Six Day War.


Joseph R. Farag (University of Minnesota; contributor to the Journal of Arabic Literature)

Politics and Palestinian Literature in Exile : Gender, Aesthetics and Resistance in the Short Story  (IB Tauris & University of Texas Press, 2016) part of SOAS Palestine Studies series.  Drawing from the works of Samira Azzam, Ghassan Kanafani and Ibrahim Nasrallah, Farag traces developments in the short story as they relate to the pivotal events of what the Palestinians call the Nakba (‘catastrophe’), Naksa (‘defeat’) and First Intifada (‘uprising’).


Samih K. Farsoun

Culture and Customs of the Palestinians ( Greenwood Press, 2004)


Nurith Gertz and George Khleifi

Palestinian Cinema : Landscape, Trauma and Memory  (Edinburgh University Press, 2008)  Publisher’s blurb : “Although in recent years, the entire world has been increasingly concerned with the Middle East and Israeli-Palestinian relationship, there are few truly reliable sources of information regarding Palestinian society and culture, either concerning its relationship with Israeli society, its position between east and west or its stances in times of war and peace. One of the best sources for understanding Palestinian culture is its cinema which has devoted itself to serving the national struggle. In this book, two scholars – an Israeli and a Palestinian – in a rare and welcome collaboration, follow the development of Palestinian cinema, commenting on its response to political and social transformations. They discover that the more the social, political and economic conditions worsen and chaos and pain prevail, the more Palestinian cinema becomes involved with the national struggle. As expected, Palestinian cinema has unfolded its national narrative against the Israeli narrative, which tried to silence it.”


Wafa Ghnaim, author / editor

Tatreez and Tea Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora  (author, 2016)  Monograph published only in digital form.  Contents include :

  • 27 design patterns total, including six complete sets of patterns to create a full traditional dress (chest, sleeve and panel);
  • Seven organic family tea recipes passed on through generations of Palestinian women;
  • Detailed traditional Palestinian embroidery technique and rare northern Palestinian Arabic craft terminology;
  • Complete guide to the techniques, meanings and origins of each embroidery thread stitch and color;
  • Guidance and instructions detailed enough for inexperienced embroiderers, and inspiration ideas for those with needlework experience;
  • Design histories and meanings of traditional and popular Palestinian embroidery designs in the diapora, including The Missiles, The Birds, The Snakes, The Ducks, The Scorpions, The Story of Cleopatra, The Gardens and The Wheat Harvest.


Shimon Gibson

Jerusalem in Original Photographs, 1850-1920 : Photographs from the Archives of the Palestine Exploration Fund (Stacey International, 2003)


Terri Ginsberg (American University in Cairo)

Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle : Towards a Critical Analytic of Palestine Solidarity Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Publisher’s blurb : “This book offers a much-needed focus on Palestine solidarity films, supplying a critical theoretical framework whose intellectual thrust is rooted in the challenges facing scholars censored for attempting to rectify and reverse the silencing of a subject matter about which much of the world would remain uninformed without cinematic and televisual mediation. Its innovative focus on Palestine solidarity films spans a selected array of works which began to emerge during the 1970s, made by directors located outside Palestine/Israel who professed support for Palestinian liberation. Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle analyzes Palestine solidarity films hailing from countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Iran, Palestine/Israel, Mexico, and the United States. Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle is an effort to insist, constructively, upon a rectification and reversal of the glaring and disproportionate minimization and distortion of discourse critical of Zionism and Israeli policy in the cinematic and televisual public sphere.”


Sarah Graham-Brown

Images of Women : The Portrayal of Women in Photography in the Middle East, 1860-1950 (Quartet Books, 1988)

Education, Repression and Liberation : The Palestinians (World University Service, 1984)

Palestinians and Their Society, 1880-1946 : A Photographic Essay (Quartet Books, 1980)



Hilma [Natalia] Granqvist [1890-1972]

Portrait of a Palestinian Village ; The Photographs of Hilma Granqvist (London Third World Centre, 1981) – Edited by Karen Seger, with a foreword by Shelagh Weir.

Muslim Death and Burial (Helsinki, 1965)

Child Problems Among the Arabs : A Study of a Muhammadan Village in Palestine (Helsingfors : Söderström & Co., 1950)

Birth and Childhood Among the Arabs : A Study of a Muhammadan Village in Palestine(Helsingfors : Söderström & Co., 1947)

Marriage Conditions in a Palestine Village (Helsinki : Societas Scientiarum Fennica, Part 1 – 1931, Part 2 – 1935)


Mia Gröndahl

Gaza Graffiti : Messages of Love and Politics (Thames & Hudson, 2013) -with Gösta Flemming

The Dream of Jerusalem : Lewis Larsson and the American Colony Photographers(Stockholm : Journal Publishers, 2005)

In Hope and Despair : Life in the Palestinian Refugee Camps (American University in Cairo Press, 2003) Photographic survey, with foreword by Hanan Ashrawi and introduction by Peter Hansen

Memoirs Engraved in Stone : Palestinian Urban Mansions (Ramallah : Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation / Jerusalem : Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 2001; Washington DC : Institute for Palestine Studies, 2002) -with text by Diala Khasawneh


Laila El-Haddad & Maggie Schmitt

The Gaza Kitchen : A Palestinian Culinary Journey (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2013) This particular Palestinian pantry features over 100, well illustrated recipes, and local history too.


Samia Halaby

with historian Salman Abu-Sitta Drawing the Kafr Massacre  (The Netherlands : Schlit Publishing, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “The 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre was carried out by the Israeli Border Police under cover of the tripartite attack on Egypt by England, France, and Israel. Two other massacres took place during the ensuing days in the cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, where 111 and 275 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered by Israeli troops on their way to Egypt, respectively. In Kafr Qasem, an artifice was created to provide a fig-leaf excuse for the killing of innocent people — a curfew announced less than a half an hour before it was implemented. Workers returning home, tired and hungry, unaware of the curfew, were cold-bloodedly shot dead by members of the Israeli Border Police.  Based on interviews with survivors, Samia Halaby created a set of documentary drawings on the subject. The emotions of anger and fear leap from every page of this book, enabling the reader to bear witness to the terrible suffering endured by the inhabitants of this small Palestinian village.”

Samia Halaby : Five Decades of Painting and Innovation –with text by Maymanah Farhat (Damascus : Ayyam Gallery, 2010)

Samia Halaby  –with introductionby Inea Bushnaq (Beirut, Lebanon : Fine Arts Publishing, 2006)


Mona Hatoum (Internationally known Palestinian artist born in Lebanon); Numerous exhibition catalogues, such as :

You are Still Here / Hâlâ buradasın (Istanbul : Arter, 2012)

Mona Hatoum : The Entire World is a Foreign Land  (Tate Gallery, 2000)

Mona Hatoum (Chicago : Institute for Contemporary Art, 1997), with essays by Jessica Morgan & Dan Cameron.

Mona Hatoum  (Centre Georges Pompidou, 1994)


Jennifer Heath (editor)

“The Map is Not the Territory : Parallel Paths – Palestinian, Native Americans, Irish(Boulder, Colorado : Baksun Books & Arts, (2015) Book accompanying the touring art exhibition, with themes of maps, walls, resistance, food, identity, diaspora and persistence.  Includes essays by Aisling B. Cormack, Valeria Behiery, Phoembe Farris, Farah Mébarki, Germán Gil-Curiel, John Halaka, Valentin Lopez, Rawan Arar, and Nessa Cronin.


Rachel S. Harris & Ranen Omer-Sherman, editors.

Narratives of Dissent : War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture  (Wayne State University Press, 2013)


Robert Hillenbrand (University of Edinburgh)

The Architecture of Ottoman Jerusalem : An Introduction  (Altajir World of Islam Trust, 128 pages, 2002)


Adina Hoffman

Till We Have Built Jerusalem (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) Portraits of three architects : Erich Mendelsohn (ex-Berlin); Austen St Barbe Harrison, the Mandate Government’s chief architect, 1922-1937; Spyro Houris


Gordon Hon, editor

What Remains to be Seen : Art & Political Conflict : Views from Britain, Israel, Palestine & Northern Ireland (London : Multi Exposure, 2004) ‘This book presents the work of three artists, Aissa Deebi (Palestine), Miki Kratsman (Israel) [and] Susan Trangmar (Britain)’ – p.7.


Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

Art in Iraq Today  (London : Embassy of the Republic of Iraq, 1961) / Iraqi Art Today  -possible Palestinian Diaspora content (Baghdad : Ministry of Information, 1972)

A Celebration of Life : Essays on Literature and Art  (Baghdad : Dar Al-Ma’mun, 1989)


Emily Jacir

with Omar KholeifEmily Jacir – Europa  (Prestel, 2015) Publisher’s blurb : “This book focuses on this award-winning artist s relationship to Europe and the Mediterranean and explores how one relates to a particular place. Incorporating historic archival material, Jacir traces Europe through its history of colonialism and trade routes, reanimating it through performative gestures. Her work offers uniquely personal revelations about Europe s culture of exile and surveillance, etymology and language, as well as the tension between figuration and abstraction in art. Jacir utilises conceptual tools that reveal the political limitations of society, creating scenarios that erode or question communal boundaries and borders. The book includes reproductions of Jacir s works such as Material for a Film (2004-ongoing), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, as well as stazione (2009) and Lydda Airport (2009). It also includes original essay contributions from Jean Fisher, Lorenzo Fusi and Omar Kholeif, among others. Published in association with Whitechapel Gallery, London.”

Ex Libris  (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2012) The artist’s photographic commemoration of the 30,000 books looted in 1948 and now held by the Jewish National Library of Israel, designated “AP” as “abandoned property.”

Emily Jacir  – with text by (Verlag Moderne Kunst, bilingual edition, 96pp, 2007)

Belongings : Works, 1998-2003  (Folio Publishing, 2004)  Publisher’s blurb : “Emily Jacir is an artist who lives in between New York and Ramallah. It’s no surprise that a central motif in her work is the theme of voluntary and coerced movement between places and cultures. The projects she has undertaken over the past five years have pungently, poignantly crossed the divides between art, life, politics and culture over and over again. In “Where We Come From,” Jacir, armed with an American passport, crossed borders in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip fulfilling everyday requests for fellow Palestinians unable to move so freely. In “Sexy Semite,” she placed ads in the “Village Voice,” a “Hot Palestinian Semite” seeking “Jewish soul mate” and the like. And in “Memorial to 418 Palestinian Villages which were Destroyed, Depopulated and Occupied by Israel in 1948,” Jacir installed a refugee tent in her studio in Lower Manhattan and invited friends and strangers to help her embroider the village names.”

Note : Numerous other titles, some unrelated to the Palestinian Diaspora.


Ewa Jasiewicz (author), Jon Sack (illustrator)

Prisoners of Love : A Story from the Freedom Flotilla Graphic novel format (Jon Sack, 2011)


Wasif Jawhariyyeh

Storyteller of Jerusalem : The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948  – translated and edited by Salim Tamari, Issam Nassar, and Nada Elzeer, with foreword by Rachel Beckles Willson.  (Northampton, Massachusetts : Olive Branch Press, 2014)  More than a personal memoir, this is eyewitness testimony to major historical events in Jerusalem from the waning days of Ottoman rule and the beginnings of the British mandate to the emergence of the state of Israel. It will prove a valuable source of primary material, recording Palestinian urban life and the rise of national consciousness. Highly recommended for historians of the era and for anyone interested in a legacy of Jerusalem. –Library Journal.  Includes a great deal of urban Arab culture in Jerusalem, especially the music scene.


Nazmi al-Jubeh, editor

Old Hebron : The Charm of a Historical City and Architecture  (Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, 2009) – with many photographs; contributors : Abdulhafez Abu Siriyya, Emad Hamdan, Ghassan al-Dweik, Hilme Marqa, Mohammad Sabaaneh, Nazmi al-Jubeh, Nuha Dandis and Youssef al-Tartury.


Joudie Kalla, with photography by Ria Osbourne

Baladi : A Celebration of Food from Land and Sea (Interlink Publications, 2018)

Palestine on a Plate : Memories from My Mother’s Kitchen (Interlink Publications, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Palestine on a Plate is a tribute to family, cooking, and home—old recipes created with love that brings people together in appreciation of the beauty of this rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the stories and culture of Palestine through the food in this book.  This is a celebration of real Palestinian food, cooked with the ingredients that Joudie’s mother and grandmother use, and their grandmothers used before them. Experience the wonderful flavors of Palestine through zingy fattet hummus (tangy yoghurt, chickpeas and hummus, served over toasted pita bread and drizzled in buttered pine nuts), satisfyingly spiced makloubeh (an upside down spiced rice dish with lamb neck and fried eggplant), eggplant and zucchini stuffed full with spiced and herbed lamb, and sublimely decadent awameh (honey dumplings) all accompanied by fresh mint tea and white coffee (not actually coffee at all, but a refreshing mix of water, orange blossom water and sugar). Colorful, stunning photography evoking the vibrancy and romance of the country will bring Palestine into your home and make you fall in love with this wonderful way to cook and enjoy food.”


Moslih Kanaaneh (Birzeit University), Stig-Magnus Thorsén (Gothenburg University), Heather Bursheh (Edward Said National Conservatory of Music), and David A. McDonald (Indiana University), editors

Palestinian Music and Song : Expression and Resistance Since 1900 Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, [ 2013]


Aida Karaoglan

The Struggle Goes On (Beirut : Palestine Research Centre / PLO, 1968, 1969)

Photographic essay, including artist Joumana El-Husseini Bayazid, historian Nabih Amin Faris, and contemporary Al-Fatah guerrilla training.


Widad Kamel Kawar & Margarita Skinner

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs : A Treasury of Stitches, 1850-1950  (Melisende Publications / Rimal Publications, 2007)

Widad Kamel Kawar

Threads of Identity: Preserving Palestinian Custume and Heritage (Rimal Publications, 2011) illustrated by Falak Shawwa.  This book is a record of the 50 years Widad Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the heritage of Palestine. This endeavor evolved into the Widad Kawar Collection, the largest to date of Palestinian, Jordanian and other Arab traditional dress and accessories, comprising more than 2,000 items. In the following chapters she presents the story of how the collection evolved and she introduces the life stories of the women who produced the beautiful costumes it contains. For her, each item calls to mind an individual or a place: a wife, a mother, a daughter, a family, a house, a village, a town, a field, a market. Each item was worn on special occasions, happy and sad, that marked the owner ‘s life. Much of Widad ‘s knowledge stems from the personal narratives of these women whose embroidery and dress-making skills she so admires. With this book she pays homage to Palestinian women. Threads of Identity is a history of Palestinian women of the 20th century told through aspects of popular heritage, focusing on traditional dresses but also including textiles and rug weaving, rural and urban customs, cuisine, and festivities. The interviews with women who lived through the traumas and changes of the 20th century are a contribution to oral history, augmenting standard historical accounts. While most writing about the Middle East concentrates on politics, her book focuses on the dignity of ordinary people, and women in particular, bridging the gap between the major events of history and everyday life.

Widad Kamel Kawar, Tania Tamari Nasir, Assali Dajani, Hala Tomeh Ibrahim &Farideh Saleh Mayer

Palestinian Embroidery : Traditional “Fallahi” Cross-Stitch  (Beirut : al-Moassasa al-Aarabiyya Lildirasat wa al-Nashr, 2003)


Elke Kaschl

Dance and Authenticity in Israel and Palestine : Performing the Nation  (Leiden : Brill, 2003).  Unpacks the Mandate era appropriation of  Arab culture by Zionist settlers seeking to establish tradition.


Reem Kassis

The Palestinian Table (Phaidon Press, 2017) 150 recipes, noting regional preferences within Palestine.


Ruth Katz

“The Lachmann Problem” : An Unsung Chapter in Comparative Musicology (Jerusalem : Hebrew University / Judah Magnes Press, 2003)  Robert Lachmann (1892-1939) was German-Jewish emigre who championed Arab music in an Orientalist fashion on the Palestine Broadcasting Service.


Mazen Kerbaj

Beirut Won’t Cry : Lebanon’s July War – A Visual Diary  (Fantagraphics-FU, 2017)  with introduction by Joe Sacco.   Cartoon commentary witnessing the 2006 Israeli assault.


Tex Kerschen

Made in Palestine : Station Museum, Houston, Texas, May-October, 2003

(Houston  : Ineri Publishing, 2003)


Hamid Keshmirshekan, editor

Contemporary Art from the Middle East : Regional Interactions with Global Art Discourses (IB Tauris, 2015) This art scene analysed as art history.


Walid Khalidi  (son of Ahmad Samih Effendi Al Khalidi, Principal of the Arab College, in the al-Mukhber Hills of southern Jerusalem, established 1918 and closing 1948, at the end of the British Mandate; brother of Islamic scholar Tarif Khalidi; founder of the Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut, later in Washington DC, and then Boston, Massachusetts)


Before their Diaspora : A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948  (Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1984) Outstanding photographic folio giving evidence to the Arab presence in Palestine, when Zionists were claiming there was none.  The many images in the hardback original are markedly better than the grey reproductions found in the paperback reissue


Hisham Khatib, with foreword by Sarah Searight

Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan in the Archives of Hisham Khatib  (Gilgamesh Publications, 2013)  Publisher’s blurb : “This remarkable collection spans the 400 years of Ottoman rule, but has a heavy focus on 19th Century watercolors, including works from Edward Lear, Carl Haag and Carl Werner. Their work concentrated on realistic portrayals of the region (in particular Jerusalem) rather than basking in romantic ‘Orientalism’.  Images from illustrated plate books are of especial interest. These include rare works by Charles van de Velde, Sir David Wilkie, Louis de Forbin, Francois Paris, Honore d’Albert duc de Luynes, Leon de Laborde and David Roberts. The focus of these plate books was the large-scale engravings, lithographs and etchings which illustrated them. The section on travel books – also frequently illustrated – includes works by Bernardino Amico, John Lewis Burckhardt, Adrian Reland and Baedecker’s Travel Guides.”


Lina Khatib (SOAS / Head Middle East analyst, Chatham House)


Image Politics in the Middle East : The Rise of the Visual in Political Struggle  (IB Tauris, 2013)

Lebanese Cinema : Imagining the Civil War and Beyond  (IB Tauris, 2008)

Filming the Modern Middle East : Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Middle East  (IB Tauris, 2006)


Khalid Kishtainy

Arab Political Humour  (Quartet Books, 1985)  Some coverage of post-Naksa sentiments in the region.  See also OLDER PALESTINIAN HISTORY section.


Kent Klich (photographer)

Kent Klich : Gaza Works  (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig / Hasselblad Centre, Gothenburg, 2017)  With text by : Judith Butler, Susan Meiselas, Mette SandbyeRaji SouraniEyal Weizman, Louise Wolthers Dragana Vujanovic Ostlind

Black Friday  (Kehrer Verlag, 2015) Subjects : Salah al-Din, Oroba, Deir Yassin and Al Najaar

Gaza Photo Album  (Umbrage Editions, 2010)  Depicting residential destruction during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, December 2008-January 2009)


Zia Krohn & Joyce Lagerweij

Concrete Messages : Street Art on the Israeli-Palestinian Separation Barrier(Stockholm : Dokument ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2010)


Chrisoula Lionis (University of New South Wales / Curator of Palestine Film Festival in Australia)

Laughter in Occupied Palestine : Comedy and Identity in Art and Film (IB Tauris, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “Though the current political situation in Palestine is more serious than ever, contemporary Palestinian art and film is becoming, paradoxically, increasingly funny. In Laughter in Occupied Palestine, Chrisoula Lionis analyses both the impetus behind this shift toward laughter and its consequences, arguing that laughter comes as a response to political uncertainty and the decline in nationalist hope. Revealing the crucial role of laughter in responding to the failure of the peace process and ongoing occupation, she unearths the potential of humour to facilitate understanding and empathy in a time of division. This is the first book to provide a combined overview of Palestinian art and film, showing the ways in which both art forms have developed in response to critical moments in Palestinian history over the last century. These key moments, Lionis argues, have radically transformed contemporary Palestinian collective identity and in turn Palestinian cultural output. Mapping these critical junctions beginning with the Balfour Declaration of 1917 to the Oslo Accords in 1993 she explores the historical trajectory of Palestinian art and film, and explains how the failure of the peace process has led to the present proliferation of humour in Palestinian visual culture.”


Anthony Löwstedt (Webster University, Vienna)

as co-author : Here We Are: A Photo Essay on Palestine and the Palestinians (allah: Miftah, 2005)


Sunaina Maira  (UCLA, Davis)

Jil Oslo : Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture, and the Youth Movement  (Washington DC / Beirut : Tadween Publishing & the Arab Studies Institute, 2013)


Bashir Makhoul & Gordon Hon (both of Southampton University)

The Origins of Palestinian Art  (Liverpool University Press, 2013) Publisher’s blurb : “This book provides the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Palestinian art to date. The development of contemporary practice, theory and criticism is understood as integral to the concomitant construction of Palestinian national identities. In particular the book explores the intricate relationship between art and nationalism in which the idea of origin plays an important and problematic role. The book deconstructs the existing narratives of the history of Palestinian art, which search for its origins in the 19th century, and argues that Palestinian contemporary art demonstrates pluralistic, politically and philosophically complex attitudes towards identity and nation that confound familiar narratives of origin and belonging. The book builds upon theories of art, nationalism and post-colonialism particularly in relation to the themes of fragmentation and dispersal. It takes the Arabic word for Diaspora Shatat (literally broken apart) as a central concern in contemporary understanding of Palestinian culture and develops it, along with Edward Said’s paradoxical formula of a ‘coherence of dispersal’ as the organising concept of the book. This aspect of contemporary Palestinian art is peculiarly suited to the conditions produced by the globalisation of art and we show how Palestinian artists, despite not having a state, have developed an international profile.”


Dalia Manor

Art in Zion (Routledge, 2004/2010) Mandate-era Zionist settlers try to create their own Jewish Palestine-European art.


Bashir Makhoul

The Origins of Palestinian Art  (Liverpool University Press, 2014)

Palestinian Video Art : Constellation of the Moving Image  (Palestinian Art Court – al Hoash, 2013)  Publisher’s blurb : “This ground-breaking volume charts the work of over sixty Palestinian artists using moving images. This collection of essays explores a wide range of intellectual, socio-political and cultural concerns arrayed around these artists’ works. The substantial overview provided by Bashir Makhoul, particularly in his chapter “Locations and Transmissions”, offers a theoretical account of how the state of becoming Palestinian accords so closely with the use of video art, with the two interdependently producing each other. Richly illustrated, this anthology showcases work by Palestinian artists based all over the world and includes contributions by well-known authors such as Jonathan Harris, Sean Cubitt, Laura U. Marks, Tina Sherwell, Chris Meigh-Andrews, and Ryan Bishop. The collection is deliberately wide-ranging, embracing the subject in all of its diversity. Examining and chronicling Palestinian video art through a wide variety of scholarly approaches, this publication challenges static accounts of video art as niche art (historical) production, and of Palestinian identity as fixed. Instead, this illuminating collection offers the reader a constellated image of the ever-fluctuating nature of both video art as transmission and the becomingness of being Palestinian.”

Return  (Deebi Publishing, 2007)

with Oded Shimshon & Aissa Deebi : Dust and Dispute  (Elsabar Association, 2007) : Hold  (Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, 1999)


Mohammad Malas

The Dream : A Diary of a Film  (American University in Cairo Press, 2016) backstory to the making of the documentary on the lives of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon during the civil war, based on 400 interviews.


Sliman Mansour

Sliman Mansour  (Palestinian Art Court, 2011)

-See also : Faten Nastas Mitwasi


Samar Martha (curator) & Nicola Gray, editors

The Other Shadow of the City (London : ArtSchool Palestine/Platform for Contemporary Arts, 2010)


Rania Matar (photography), Anthony Shadid (text), and Lisa Majaj (poetry)

Ordinary Lives (WW Norton, 2009)  “Publisher’s blurb : “Lebanon is a country built on dichotomies. It is a blend of cultures, poised at the intersection between the Western and Arab worlds. Born in Beirut and living in the West, photographer Rania Matar is especially attuned to those dichotomies. Here she honors the lives of the women and children of Lebanon in evocative black-and-white photographs. They convey the many facets of life, acknowledging the undeniable presence of war and tragedy, yet celebrating the strength, dignity, and humanity of lives lived amid the rubble, in refugee camps, or behind the veil. These images are universal reminders of the tender bond between a mother and child, the cheerful camaraderie of friends, and the resilience of the human spirit. Accompanying these photographs are excerpts from the poetry of celebrated Palestinian-American author Lisa Majaj.”


Sonja Mejcher-Atassi

Reading Across Modern Arabic Literature and Art  (Wiesbaden : Reichert Verlag, 2012) Includes criticism and interpretation of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra.


Yonatan Mendel (Cambridge University, Ben-Gurion University)

with Abeer al Najjar (London School of Economics & American University Sharjah-UAE) : Language, Politics and Society in the Middle East : Essays in Honour of Yasir Suleiman (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

with Ronald Ranta (Kingston University) : From the Arab Other to the Israeli Self : Palestinian Culture in the Making of Israeli National Identity  (Routledge, 2016)

The Creation of Israeli Arabic : Political and Security Considerations in the Making of Arabic Language Studies in Israel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).  Publisher’s blurb : “This book sheds light on the ways in which the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict has shaped Arabic language instruction in Jewish-Israeli society. It explores how ‘Israeli Arabic’ has been constructed by means of a closed network of Jewish-Israeli actors focused on political and security considerations rather than on a desire for open communication. The book argues that ‘Israeli Arabic’ has evolved as a silent, passive language that gave its users a limited set of language skills, especially decoding texts, with an emphasis on newspapers. This has enabled its students to observe the Arab world but not to interact with Arab people in general and the Palestinian citizens of Israel more particularly. The interdisciplinary nature of the book gives a unique perspective on Jewish-Israeli society and its production and reproduction of knowledge in the field of Arabic, and would therefore be of great interest to academics and researchers on security and Middle Eastern studies as well as those specialising in language and linguistics.”


Salwa Mikdadi (New York University at Abu Dhabi; curator for the first Palestinian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial, 2009)

co-editor, with Hossein Amirsadeghi Nada Shabout Newvision – Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century  (Thames & Hudson, 2009)

Forces of Change : Artists of the Arab World  (Lafayette, California : International Council for Women in the Arts, 1994)


Faten Nastas Mitwasi

Reflections on Palestinian Art : Art of Resistance or Aesthetics  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015) – overview of 20th and early 21st century work.

Sliman Mansour (Michael Imhof Verlag, 2008) – bilingual, German & English.


Esmail Nashif  (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

-as editor : Immigration and Memory in Modern Palestinian Art (Umm el Fahimm : Umm el Fahimm Art Gallery, , in Arabic, Hebrew & English, 2012


Bahaa Ed-Din Ossama

Musiqa al-Kalimat : Modern Standard Arab through Popular Songs  (American University Press in Cairo, 2017)  An Arabic language study book (intermediate to advance levels) employing examples from singers popular through the region :  Abd al-Halim Hafez, Fairouz, Fuad Abd al-Magid, Karem Mahmoud, Kazem al-Saher, Muhammad Abd al-Wahab, Nagat al-Saghira, Rima Khashish, and Umm Kulthum.


Fayeq S. Oweis, editor

Encyclopedia of Arab-American Artists  (Greenwood Press, 2007)  Features 95 artists, including artist and art historian Kamal Boulatta, sculptor/ graphic designer Rajie ‘Roger’ Cook, Kahlil Gibran, painter Samia Halaby, multimedia artist Emily Jacir, painter and muralist Sari Khoury, etc.


Palestine Liberation Organisation 

Intifada – A Way of Life  (PLO Department of Information/Tunis : NJA Mahdaoui, 1989)  Oversized, photographic work from 1988 with details of events in Arabic and English.  Photographers : Alfred, Sipa Press; Tano D’Amico, Italy, Dino Fracchia, Italy, Sergio Ferraris, Italy, and Neal Cassidy, USA.


William Parry

Against the Wall : The Art of Resistance in Palestine (Pluto Press, 2010)


Charles Pocock, Samar Faruqi, and Noura Haggag, editors

Art Palestine : Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat, Sliman Mansour (London : Art Advisory Associates Ltd : [distributor] Bartholomews Specialist Distribution Ltd, 2011)


Elizabeth Price

Embroidering a Life : Palestinian Women and Embroidery (Jerusalem : Sunbula / Palestine Heritage Center, 1999, 48 pages) Interviews with twenty women from the West Bank, Gaza, and a Bedouin community in the Negev.


Ali Qleibo

Jerusalem in the Heart  (Al-Quds University & Centre for Jerusalem Studies, 2000) Anthropological tour with verse, photographs and paintings.


Hani Raheb

The Zionist Character in the English Novel  (Third World Centre for Research and Publishing, 1981)


Najat Rahman (University of Montreal) & Gayatri Devi

Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema  (Wayne State University Press, 2014) – See the authors’ chapter on Palestinian film.

In the Wake of the Poetic : Palestinian Artists after Darwish  (Syracuse University Press, 2015)  Artists examined include Suheir Hammad, Ghassan Zaqtan, Elia Suleiman, Mona Hatoum, and Sharif Waked.


Hamde Abu Rama (photo-journalist)

Roots Run Deep : Life in Occupied Palestine (author, 2016)


Noa Roei (University of Amsterdam)

Civic Aesthetics : Militarism, Israeli Art and Visual Culture  (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)


Mohammad Sabaaneh 

White and Black : Political Cartoons from Palestine  (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2017  / Saqi Books, 2018)  Introduction by Seth Tobocman


Steve Sabella (Jerusalem-born, Berlin-residing Palestinian artist-photographer)

The Parachute Paradox : Steve Sabella  (Berlin : Kerber Verlag, 2016)  Memoir of three decades of the artist’s life under Israeli occupation.

Steve Sabella : Photography, 1997-2014  (Berlin : Hatje Cantz, 2014) – Text by Kamal Boulatta & Herbertus von Amelunxen.

Archaeology of the Future  (Maretti Editore, 2014)

Independence  (Art Advisory Associates Ltd, 2014) – edited by Samar Faruqi & Charles Pocock, with text by Madeline Yale Preston, Meagan Kelly Horsman.


Joe Sacco

Footnotes in Gaza (Jonathan Cape, 2009)

Palestine  (Seattle : Fantagraphics Books, individual parts 1994-1996; 2007 / Jonathan Cape, 2003)

see also : Naji al-Ali


Elias Sanbar

The Palestinians : Photographs of a Land and its People, 1839 to the Present Day  (Yale University Press / Paris : Editions Hazan, 2015) -large and heavyweight book with images of good size, well-printed on good quality paper.  Includes depictions of the Nakba, including Arab Palestinians chased into the sea.


Rehnuma Sazzad (SOAS)

Edward Said’s Concept of Exile : Identity and Cultural Migration in the Middle East  (IB Tauris, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Rehnuma Sazzad fulfils this pressing need in literary and cultural research by providing the first comprehensive definition of Said’s theory of exile and revealing its legacy in relation to five Middle Eastern intellectuals: Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish, Leila Ahmed, Nawal El Saadawi and Youssef Chahine. Sazzad argues that for Said, the ideal intellectual is a metaphorical exile. This exile does not have to be spatially disconnected from a homeland, but must demonstrate a willing homelessness through specific strategies and techniques.”


Rona Sela (Tel Aviv University)

Made Public – Palestinian Photographs in Military Archives in Israel  (Ramat-Hasharon : Helena Publishing, 2009) Two volumes; Vol. 1 – text (Hebrew with English Abstract); Vol. 2 – photographs; 336 pages / 168 pages each volume.  Based on three years of research on military photography archives in Israel and focuses on two key subjects each involving the other: the manner in which military systems plunder, collect, control and release (or censor) photographic information about the Palestinians- in the past and over the years – and the missing chapters of Palestinian visual historiography.

Note : see also author’s book on Khalil Raad, the first Arab Palestinian photographer, Khalil Raad, Photographs 1891-1948  (Helena Publishing, 2010) All text in Hebrew.


Avinoam Shalem (Islamic art historian) & Gerhard Wolf (Western art historian)

Facing the Wall : The Palestinian-Israeli Barriers  (Walther König, 2011) Publisher’s blurb : “Facing theWall explores the ways in which the IsraeliWest Bank barrier has been used as a canvas on which artists, whether Palestinians and Israelis or foreigners, display their work. The different cultural arenas on either side of the wall dictate and give impulses to different modes of expression and uses of visual vocabulary; this tension is reflected in the layout of this book, which displays works from either side of the wall alongside each other.”


Ismail Shammout (famous artist and PLO filmmaker)

with Tammam Shamout  Palestine ~ The exodus and the Oddesey  (Al Ekbal, 2000)

Art in Palestine  (Al-Qabas Printing Press, Kuwait, 1989)  Main text in Arabic.

Palestine in Perspective (Beirut : Palestine Martyrs Works Society, 1978)  Bound in half black leather with maroon cloth boards, gilt spine lettering and cover design. This volume reproduces 99 black & white and some color drawings, etchings and paintings of religious and Biblical sites, cities, historical structures and cultural scenes in mid to late 19th century Palestine as seen by early Western travelers. Each illustration is printed on heavy paper on a large 13 X 20 inch page. The back side is blank. 99 pages of art plus introductory text and added index and synopsis/description of illustrations at rear.

Palestine : Illustrated Political History  (Beirut : Cultural Arts Section, Dept. of Information and National Guidance, Palestine Liberation Organization, 1972)


Simona Sharoni (State University of New York at Plattsburgh)

Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict : The Politics of Women’s Resistance  (Syracuse University Press, 1995)


Magid Shihade

Not Just a Soccer Game : Colonialism and Conflict among Palestinians in Israel  (Syracuse University Press, 2011)


Nadia R. Sirhan (PhD, SOAS)

Folk Stories and Personal Narratives in Palestinian Spoken Arabic : A Cultural and Linguistic Study  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) By analysing the folk stories and personal narratives of a cross-section of Palestinians, Sirhan offers a detailed study of how content and sociolinguistic variables affect a narrator’s language use and linguistic behaviour. This book will be of interest to anyone engaged with narrative discourse, gender discourse, Arabic studies and linguistics.


Margaret Skinner & Widad Kamel Kawar

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs : A Treasury of Stitches, 1850-1950 (Nicosia : Rimal Publications, 2000s?, 203 pages)


Olivia Snaije Mitchell Albert

Keep Your eye on the Wall : Palestinian Landscapes  (Saqi Books, 2013) Featuring photographic work by Taysir Batniji, Raed Bawayah, Rula Halawani, Noel Jabbour, Raeda Saadeh, Steve Sabella and Kai Wiedenhöfer, and with text from Malu Halasa, Yael Lerer, Christine Leuenberger and Adania Shibli, and a foreword from Raja Shehadeh.  An accordion-formatted book, approachable from ‘both sides.’


Adhaf Soueif (novelist of Egyptian diaspora, political essayist, translator)

as editor : Reflections on Islamic Art  (Doha/London : Bloomsbury Qatar/Qatar Museums Authority, 2011)  Not encompassing Palestinian art but of tangental relevance; several short pieces are written by Palestinians : Suad Amirym Raja Sehahadeh and Ghassan Zaqtan.


Andrea L Stanton (University of Denver)

“This is Jerusalem Calling” : State Radio in Mandate Palestine (University of Texas Press, 2013)  A rewarding cultural resource focusing on the Arab side of the broadcasting body.  Aside from political developments, the author focuses on the marketing of radios, newspaper coverage of the broadcasts, the role of women in the broadcast schedule, and many less obvious topics.  Publisher’s description : “Modeled after the BBC, the Palestine Broadcasting Service was launched in 1936 to serve as the national radio station of Mandate Palestine, playing a pivotal role in shaping the culture of the emerging middle class in the region. Despite its significance, the PBS has become nearly forgotten by scholars of twentieth-century Middle Eastern studies. Drawn extensively from British and Israeli archival sources, This Is Jerusalem Calling traces the compelling history of the PBS’s twelve years of operation, illuminating crucial aspects of a period when Jewish and Arab national movements simultaneously took form. Andrea L. Stanton describes the ways in which the mandate government used broadcasting to cater to varied audiences, including rural Arab listeners, in an attempt to promote a “modern” vision of Arab Palestine as an urbane, politically sophisticated region. In addition to programming designed for the education of the peasantry, religious broadcasting was created to appeal to all three main faith communities in Palestine, which ultimately mayz have had a disintegrating, separatist effect. Stanton’s research brings to light the manifestation of Britain’s attempts to prepare its mandate state for self-governance while supporting the aims of Zionists. While the PBS did not create the conflict between Arab Palestinians and Zionists, the service reflected, articulated, and magnified such tensions during an era when radio broadcasting was becoming a key communication tool for emerging national identities around the globe.”


Rebecca Stein, Ted Swedenburg, editors, with contributors : Livia Alexander, Carol Bardenstein, Elliott Colla, Amy Horowitz, Laleh Khalili, Mary Layoun, Mark LeVine, Joseph Massad, Melani McAlister, Ilan Pappé, Rebecca L. Stein, Ted Swedenburg, Salim Tamari

Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005)


Yedida Stillman

Palestinian Costume and Jewelry (Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1979)


Fahmida Suleman (Middle East Curator at the British Museum)

Textiles of the Middle East and Central Asia : The Fabric of Life  (Thames and Hudson, 2017)  Includes Palestinian work.  Publisher’s blurb : “war rug, textiles reflect the beliefs, practices and experiences of people from across the Middle East and Central Asia. This book explores the significance and beauty of textiles from across this vast area, and is arranged thematically to enable cross-regional comparisons of the function and symbolic meaning of textiles. Each chapter relates to a facet or phase of a person’s life in which textiles feature prominently: childhood, marriage and ceremony, status and identity, religion and belief, and house and homestead. The book also includes contemporary works that grapple with modern political issues.  The textiles featured include men’s, women’s and children’s garments, hats and headdresses, mosque curtains and prayer mats, floor coverings, tent hangings, hand towels and cushions, storage sacks, purses and cosmetic pouches, dolls and souvenirs, animal trappings and amulets. Focusing on the British Museum’s remarkable collection, this book offers a wealth of creative inspiration and will be essential reading for anyone interested in textiles and the cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia.”


Marie Tomb

War Identities : When Words aren’t Enough – Human Rights Seen through Art in Lebanon (First National Bank, 2016)


John [J.C.] Tordai   (photographer)

A People Called Palestine (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2001), with text by Graham Usher.

Into the Promised Land  (Manchester : Cornerhouse Publications, 1991), with introduction by Harvey Morris  (Foreign Editor, The Independent)


Larry Towell  

Then Palestine (Paris : Editions Marval, 115 pages, 1998 / Aperture, 1999)  Photographs.  With contributions by Rene Backmann & Mohammed Darweesh. En Francais, with English translations inserted.


Anastasia Valassopoulos (University of Manchester)

as editor : Arab Cultural Studies : History, Politics, and the Popular   (Routledge, 2013)  Contains much of relevance, including Rebecca L. Stein : Impossible Witness – Israeli Visuality, Palestinian Testimony and the Gaza WarAnna Ball  Impossible Intimacies – Towards a Visual Politics of “Touch” at the Israeli-Palestinian BorderAnna Bernard : Consuming Palestine : The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Metropolitan Popular Culture

as editor : Contemporary Arab Women Writers : Cultural Expressions in Context  (Routledge, 2008, 2014)  Tangental, but covers Liana Badr’s work and fictionalisation of Leila Khaled.



Eli Valley

Diaspora Boy : Comics on Crisis in America and Israel  (OR Books, 2017)  Comic art challenge to Jewish complacency regarding Zionism, taken from  JewcyThe Forward and +972 Magazine.


Annelys De Vet

Subjective Atlas of Palestine (The Netherlands : 010 Publishers, 2007)


Archie (Archibald) G. Walls

Geometry and Architecture in Islamic Jerusalem : a Study of the Ashrafiyya (Buckhurst Hill : Scorpion Press, 207 pages, 1990)

Archibald (Archie) G. Walls Amal Abul-Hajj

Arabic Inscriptions in Jerusalem : A Handlist and Maps  (World of Islam Festival Trust, 43 pages, 1980)  Focus on the Esplanade and the Terrace, the Dome of the Rock, and the Mosque of the Haram, with maps.


Shelagh Weir (The British Museum)

Palestinian Costume (British Museum, 1989 / 1990; Interlink Publications, 2009) Richly illustrated volume with extensive text and colour photography by the author, and monochrome images from Hilma Granquist (1930s), the Library of Congress (British Mandate period), and other sources.  Mostly focused on women’s wear, but men are not overlooked.

The Bedouin : Aspects of the Material Culture of the Bedouin of Jordan (London : World of Islam Festival, 1976) – of Palestinian relevance; publication accompanied ‘Nomad and City’ exhibition of the Museum of Mankind / British Museum.

Palestinian Embroidery (British Museum, 1970)

Spinning and Weaving in Palestine (British Museum, 1970)

-with Serene Shahid Palestinian Embroidery : Cross-stitch Patterns from the Traditional Costumes of the Village Women of Palestine (British Museum, 1988)


Rachel Beckles Willson

Orientalism and Musical Mission : Palestine and the West  (Cambridge University Press, 2013) Includes a damning gaze upon the culturally and socially divisive intent of the Mandate Government.  See also : Wasif Jawhariyyeh


Yigal Zaimona & Tamar Manor-Friedman

To the East : Orientalism in the Arts in Israel (Jerusalem : Israel Museum, 1998)  Catalogue of an art exhibition reflecting Zionism’s ambivalent approach to Palestine in the 20th century.  Recommended by Raja Shehadeh.