Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory


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Columbia University Press
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6.44 X 9.13 X 0.87 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

Ahmad H. Sa'di is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published widely on political, social, and economic aspects of the lives of Palestinians in Israel.Lila Abu-Lughod is professor of anthropology and gender studies at Columbia University. Her books include Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society; Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories; and Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt.
Lila Abu Lughod: Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Columbia University. She has published or edited many books including: Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (California, 2000); Writing Women's World: Bedouin Stories (California, 1993); Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East (Princeton, 1998); and, Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt (Chicago, 2004). Although most of her ethnographic research has been on Egypt, she has begun to publish on Palestinian documentary film, ethnography, and memory. Her articles have appeared in journals including the American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Social Text, and Feminist Studies. Ahmad H. Sa'di: Lecturer in the department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. His work has focused on democratic politics and issues of citizenship, the impact of local political organizations and personalities on the course of political and social history, on the problems of majority/minority relations, and on labor and economic conditions of Israel's Arab 'minority.' He has published numerous articles in journals including Sociology; Work, Employment and Society; International Journal of Intercultural Relations; Social Identities; Arab Studies Quarterly; Asian Journal of Social Sciences; Social Text; The Japan Center For Area Studies Review; Israel Studies; and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. His most recent work has been on Al-Nakbah in Palestinian collective memory.


Nakba provides crucial insights into the Palestinian-Israeli situation yesterday, today, and, perhaps, tomorrow. This is a voice which needs to be heard by everyone interested in resolving this conflict.--Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love
Essential for anyone interested in testimony and history.--Gershom Gorenberg "BookForum "
The editors... have compiled a collection of impressive contributions that weave together the rich and changing tapestry of Palestinian memories.--Randa Farah "H-Levant "
Persuasive, and passionate... [Nakba] provides a welcome addition to the literature.--Tareq Y. Ismael "Biography "
This is a voice which needs to be heard by everyone interested in resolving this conflict.--Palestine News Agency
Essential reading...--Al Awda California
[A] moving collection of writings on the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homeland in 1948... Highly recommended.--CHOICE
Insightful, provocative, and thought-provoking contribution.--Current Anthropology