The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory

Masalha, Nur (2012) The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory. Zed Books. ISBN 9781848139701

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Abstract

In 2009 Palestinians commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba - the most traumatic catastrophe that ever befell them. The book explores ways of remembering and commemorating the Nakba, dealing with the issue within the context of Palestinian oral history, 'social history from below', narratives of memory and the formation of collective identity. Masalha argues that to write more truthfully about the Nakba is not just to practice a professional historiography but a moral imperative. The struggles of the ordinary refugees to publicise the truth about the Nakba is a vital way of protecting the refugees' rights and keeping the hope for peace with justice alive. ----- With the history, rights and needs of the Palestinian refugees being excluded from recent Middle East peacemaking efforts and with the failure of both the Israeli state and international community to acknowledge the Nakba, '1948' as an 'ethnic cleansing' continues to underpin the Palestine-Israel conflict. This book is vital for a real understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 956 History of the Middle East (Near East)
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 10:05
Last Modified: 17 May 2012 10:05
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/131

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