Top Titles for 2018

Rania Abouzeid (Middle East journalist for the Guardian, the New Yorker, etc.)

No Turning Back : Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (WW Norton, 2018) Tangental to Palestinian history.

 

Atef Alshaer, editor

The Nakba : Through Palestinian Writers’ Eyes  (Saqi Books, 2018)  Poetry and prose on the Nakba by Palestinian writers over the last seventy years : pre-Nakba, post-Nakba and post-Oslo Accords. Authors include Mahmoud Darwish, Samira Azzam, Fadwa Tuqan and Edward Said, as well as by emerging Palestinian writers.

 

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.

 

Ramzy Baroud (Journalist and editor of Palestine Chronicle, who studied at both the University of Exeter and UC Santa Barbara)

The Last Earth : A Palestinian Story  (Pluto Press, 2018)  Spanning decades, the author tells the story of modern Palestine through both familiar and surprising revelations  from the memories of those who have lived it.  Accounts range from villages, refugee camps, prisons, cities, and of course the Palestinian diaspora.   Each chapter/story could have been the basis of a book on its own.

 

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.

 

Rajie Cook (Palestinian-American graphic designer, notable for airport and other transport pictograms)

A Vision for My Father : The Life and Work of the Palestinian-American Artist and Designer Rajie Cook  (Northampton, Massachusetts : Interlink Publishing, 2018).  Family diaspora memoir; contains disturbing photographs.

 

Norman G. Finkelstein

Gaza : An Inquest into its Martyrdom (University of California Press, 2018)  Publisher’s blurb : “Gaza is among the most densely populated places in the world. Two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half the population is under eighteen years of age. Since Israel occupied Gaza in 1967, it has systematically de-developed the economy. After Hamas won democratic elections in 2006, Israel intensified its blockade of Gaza, and after Hamas consolidated its control of the territory in 2007, Israel tightened its illegal siege another notch. In the meantime, Israel has launched no less than eight military operations against Gaza-culminating in Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014-that left behind over three million tons of rubble. Recent UN reports predict that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. Norman G. Finkelstein presents a meticulously researched and devastating inquest into Israel’s actions of the last decade. He argues that although Israel justified its blockade and violent assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions were cynical exercises of brutal power against an essentially defenseless civilian population. Based on hundreds of human rights reports, the book scrutinizes multifarious violations of international law Israel committed both during its operations and in the course of its decade-long siege of Gaza. It is a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and a scorching accusation against their tormenters.”

 

Cristina L’Homme (Franco-Chilean biographer)

Untitled book of oral histories with those displaced in the Nakba; to be published in French and Spanish, in Chile and France, with an English edition planned following.

 

Awad Issa Mansour (Al-Quds Univiersity)

Settler-Colonial State Formation in Palestine : A Comparative Study  (Routledge, 2018)

 

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)

 

Miko Peled

Injustice : The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five  (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 224 pages, 2018) Publisher’s blurb : “In July 2004, federal agents raided the homes of five Palestinian-American families, arresting the five dads. The first trial of the “Holy Land Foundation Five” ended in a hung jury. The second, marked by highly questionable procedures, resulted in very lengthy sentences—for “supporting terrorism” by donating to charities that the U.S. government itself and other respected international agencies had long worked with. In 2013, human rights activist and author Miko Peled started investigating this case. He discussed the miscarriages of justice involved in it with the men’s lawyers and heard from the men’s families about the devastating effects the case had on their lives. He also traveled to the remote federal prison complexes where the men were held, to conduct unprecedentedly deep interviews with them. Injustice traces the labyrinthine course of this case, presenting a terrifying picture of governmental over-reach in post-9/11 America.”

 

Glen Rangwala

Palestinian Politics in the West Bank and Gaza  (IB Tauris, due for publication, 2021)

 

Suzanne Schneider (Brooklyn Institute for Social Research)

Mandatory Separation : Religion, Education and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2018)  Publisher’s blurb : “Is religion a source of political stability and social continuity, or an agent of radical change? This question, so central to contemporary conversations about religion and extremism, has generated varied responses over the last century. Taking Jewish and Islamic education as its objects of inquiry, Mandatory Separation sheds light on the contours of this debate in Palestine during the formative period of British rule, detailing how colonial, Zionist, and Palestinian-Muslim leaders developed competing views of the form and function of religious education in an age of mass politics. Drawing from archival records, school syllabi, textbooks, newspapers, and personal narratives, Suzanne Schneider argues that the British Mandatory government supported religious education as a supposed antidote to nationalist passions at the precise moment when the administrative, pedagogic, and curricular transformation of religious schooling rendered it a vital tool for Zionist and Palestinian leaders. This study of their policies and practices illuminates the tensions, similarities, and differences among these diverse educational and political philosophies, revealing the lasting significance of these debates for thinking about religion and political identity in the modern Middle East.”

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