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Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness

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ISBN-10: 023115075X
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One of the pre-eminent historians of Palestinian nationalism.

(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

A major contribution to historical Palestinian nationalism.

(Foreign Affairs)

An impressive, thoughtful, layered, and well-documented study.

(Kirkus)

Pathbreaking.

(Library Journal)

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Rashid Khalidi's massive study of the construction of Palestinian national identity is a pathbreaking work of major importance. It is the first book to work from the premise that such an identity does in fact exist and then proceeds to uncover its overlapping layers, historical phases, and tragic setbacks with a complete mastery of the relevant literature in Arabic, Hebrew, and Western sources. This is an essential book for anyone trying to understand the Byzantine complexities and background of the flawed Middle East peace process.... Extremely readable and gripping, Palestinian Identity is a remarkable achievement of the historian's art.

(Edward Said, author of Orientalism)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023115075X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231150750
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a sophisticated scholarly work meant for serious readers. Those wishing to further their understanding of the origins and evolution of the Palestinian national identity will greatly appreciate this book, which was first published in 1997. (Khalidi's book about the struggle for Palestinian statehood, "The Iron Cage" is also highly recommended - the two works are an exceptional and substantial contribution to the study of Palestinian history and politics.)

The most significant contribution of this book is that it clarifies the common misunderstanding of the origins of the Palestinian national identity: Khallidi explains that this identity emerged during the period of Ottoman rule over Palestine and not during the British Mandate of Palestine. The book carefully contextualizes the evolution of Palestinian identity within the different colonialist periods, and explains that this identity cannot be understood only in relation to Zionism.

At a time when the whole world is beginning to see through the pseudo-history that was pushed forth as the "history" of Palestine/Israel, studies such as this one are making the hidden history of Palestinian identity accessible to all. Khalidi's book has set the stage for further research and understanding of this crucial subject, and has already served as the launching pad for many other studies on Palestine. By addressing the many factors at the heart of the evolution of Palestinian identity, Khalidi successfully peels away the numerous layers of mythology that have been used to keep this identity hidden from the world.
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Every American should read three books by Rashid Khalidi: Palestinian Identify, The Iron Cage, and Brokers of Deceit. Without this background it is almost impossible to understand the present situation in Palestine/Israel and the attitudes of many in the Middle East toward America. With it, it is possible to make sense of what is going on, solve the problems, and make peace.
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It helped me to better understand the Palestinian people and their fight for their right to exist in a land that in part belongs to them
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This is a well documented informative on the Palestinian people and the Zionists' thievery of their land, country and identity, This looks like a process of gradual genocide, in the face of Zionist slogans of "Never again."
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