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Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and I) Paperback – November 4, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and I
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804773130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804773133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What makes Palestinian Village Histories particularly valuable is the author's chice to consider crucial issues and choices facing Palestinian communities today primarily through the reading of village books. Davis's research gives access to a rich source not located in any university library, a source interpreted with a sound knowledge of local dialect and an understanding developed through years of living and working within Palestinian communities."—Isabelle Humphries, Arab Studies Journal Reviews

"[Palestinian Village Histories] presents a new angle on the refugee experience . . . Eschewing received wisdom, Davis has written a thought-provoking book that attests to the Palestinians' resourcefulness and determination to hold on to their history and right to return."—Sally Bland, The Jordan Times

"The study intertwines ethnography with anthropological theories, concluding with an examination of the role of memory in writing history . . . An added bonus to the book is the extensive bibliography that will serve the serious student well for further study."—Sanford R. Silverburg, AJL Reviews

"In this delightful book, Davis brings to light not only how the landscape of Palestine was reconfigured but how it continues to live in the present, a mobile form of imagining, shaping identities and longings. With an observant eye and a keen ear, Davis provides insightful reflections on how, in the process of colonial state building and the violent transformation of landscape, local forms of knowledge and ways of knowing place are carried into exile. A voluminous body of ethnographic and literary material provides poignant insight into how, in exile, Palestinians move between past and present, here and there, and then and now."—Julie Peteet, author of Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps

"Davis has written a nuanced and highly readable account of how Palestinians write their own histories and in the process craft strategies for the future. Drawing on research in half a dozen countries, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in Palestinians."—Rhoda Kanaaneh, author of Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military

About the Author

Rochelle A. Davis is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By leodegras on May 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Whether or not one agrees with the name of the country, or whether people identifying as Palestinians are of this land or not, the book is still useful and I enjoyed it. Shouting that something is not useful because one doesn't agree with it is really not helpful, and at worst is rather childish. First of all, no one has the right to tell another person what he or she should identify as, period. Second, history should be viewed from all angles, and as many different voices as possible should be heard. Finally, there is absolutely no place for antiquated tribal hatreds in the world we all have to live in together, and reading books and seeing photographs of historical events, not only from one side but from all sides, can help us all move forward. We are a species that needs to get our s*** together.
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2 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Magician on April 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
What of Jewish village histories? Jews have lived in Israel, the correct historical name of the land ["palestine" and "palestinians" are European inventions], for 3000 years verified by the archaeological record. So-called "palestinians," who are just rebranded Arabs, originated from Arab lands and invaded Israel as interlopers thousands of years after the Jews established Israel. "Palestine" is merely the European name for Israel and "palestinian" is the British name for all of the inhabitants of the British Mandate, including Jews. There was no palestine or palestinians before World War I during the Ottoman Empire. Arabs never even accepted the terms palestine and palestinian as Western inventions.

Arabs have been displaced from Israel? How did they get there in the first place? They just knocked on the door and politely moved in? Perhaps, they can return to their Arab lands of origin.

Also, perhaps, the author can put pen to paper and write the correct history of Jewish villages in Israel dating back 3 millenia.
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