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  : palestinianposterproject.org

Gallery Al-Quds (Washington DC) : thejerusalemfund.org/the-gallery

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 : andreasqassim.com/download/MA_thesis.pdf

 

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.

 

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see also the author’s unpublished PhD thesis, Edinburgh University (1987) : Space, Kinship and Gender – The Social Dimension of Peasant Architecture in Palestineavailable via the British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

 

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)

 

 

Türkkaya Ataöv

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

See also : OLDER PALESTINE HISTORY section.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool)

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

 

Kamal Boullata

Palestinian Art 1850-2005 (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.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

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)

 

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)

 

Hilma [Natalia] Granqvist [1890-1972] (Karen Segar, editor; with Slelagh Weir)

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.

 

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 Sabarneh, Nazmi al-Jubeh, Nuha Dandis and Youssef al-Tartury.

 

Joudie Kalla, with photography by Ria Osbourne

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.See a video preview about the book:

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.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

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)

 

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

The Origins of Palestinian Art  (Liverpool University Press, 2013)

 

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)

 

Sonja Mejcher-Atassi

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

 

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.

 

Najat Rahman (University of Montreal) & Gayatri Devi

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

Najat Rahman

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)  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.”

 

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

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

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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