An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba

Edited by Nahla Abdo and Nur Masalha

An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba

Edited by Nahla Abdo and Nur Masalha

Distributed for Zed Books

400 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2018
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786993496 Published June 2018 For sale in North and South America only

In 2018, Palestinians mark the seventieth anniversary of the Nakba, a mass eviction that saw more than 70,000 people uprooted and forced to flee their homes in the early days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even today, the bitterness and trauma of the Nakba remains raw, and it has become the pivotal event both in the shaping of Palestinian identity and in galvanizing their resistance to occupation.

Efforts at preserving the memory of the Nakba have resulted in an unparalleled body of rich oral testimony, with which historians and other scholars have been able to tell the story of this epochal event through the voices of the Palestinians who lived it. This multidisciplinary collection uses oral history as a means of uncovering new insights both into Palestinian experiences of the Nakba and into the wider dynamics of the ongoing conflict. In drawing together Palestinian accounts from 1948 with those of the present day, the book also confronts the idea of the Nakba as an event consigned to the past, instead revealing it to be an ongoing process aimed at the erasure of Palestinian history and memory.

Review Quotes
Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University
“A wide-ranging collection by leading oral historians, its moving first person narratives confirm the reparative force of listening to voices which have been silenced in the ongoing colonization of Palestine.”
Ilan Pappé, coeditor of Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid
“An impressive collection and a very significant contribution to the scholarly work on the oral history of the Nakba.”
Ahdaf Soueif, author of Cairo: My City, Our Revolution
“A passionate and ambitious work of politically engaged scholarship that positions itself as an actor in the fight to change the world. This is cultural activism at its best.”
Ella Shohat, NYU, and author of On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements
“A landmark intervention, this cross-disciplinary book provides innovative analytical frameworks for studying the persistent erasure of Palestine. This insightful and comprehensive work proposes alternative ways of knowing and telling, rearticulating the Nakba as an ongoing process of dispossession.”
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