Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory by Ahmad H. Sa'di

Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory

byAhmad H. Sa'di, Lila Abu-Lughod

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For outside observers, current events in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank are seldom related to the collective memory of ordinary Palestinians. But for Palestinians themselves, the iniquities of the present are experienced as a continuous replay of the injustice of the past.

By focusing on memories of the Nakba or "catastrophe" of 1948, in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were dispossessed to create the state of Israel, the contributors to this volume illuminate the contemporary Palestinian experience and clarify the moral claims they make for justice and redress.

The book's essays consider the ways in which Palestinians have remembered and organized themselves around the Nakba, a central trauma that continues to be refracted through Palestinian personal and collective memory. Analyzing oral histories and written narratives, poetry and cinema, personal testimony and courtroom evidence, the authors show how the continuing experience of violence, displacement, and occupation have transformed the pre-Nakba past and the land of Palestine into symbols of what has been and continues to be lost.

Nakba brings to light the different ways in which Palestinians experienced and retain in memory the events of 1948. It is the first book to examine in detail how memories of Palestine's cataclysmic past are shaped by differences of class, gender, generation, and geographical location. In exploring the power of the past, the authors show the urgency of the question of memory for understanding the contested history of the present.

Contributors: Lila Abu Lughod, Columbia University; Diana Keown Allan, Harvard University; Haim Bresheeth, University of East London; Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University; Samera Esmeir, University of California, Berkeley; Isabelle Humphries, University of Surrey; Lena Jayyusi, Zayed University; Laleh Khalili, SOAS, University of London; Omar Al-Qattan, filmmaker; Ahmad H. Sa'di, Ben-Gurion University; Rosemary Sayigh, Lebanon-based anthropologist; Susan Slyomovics, University of California, Los Angeles

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 Vei...
Title:Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of MemoryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 6, 2007Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231509707

ISBN - 13:9780231509701

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Transliterations

Introduction: The Claims of Memory
Lila Abu-Lughod and Ahmad H. Sa'di

1. The Rape of Qula, a Destroyed Palestinian Village
Susan Slyomovics
2. Mapping the Past, Re-creating the Homeland: Memories of Village Places in pre-1948 Palestine
Rochelle Davis
3. Return to Half-Ruins: Memory, Postmemory, and Living History in Palestine
Lila Abu-Lughod

4. Iterability, Cumulativity, and Presence: The Relations Figures of Palestinian Memory
Lena Jayyusi
5. Women's Nakba Stories: Between Being and Knowing
Rosemary Sayigh
6. The Continuity of Trauma and Struggle: Recent Cinematic Representations of the Nakba
Haim Bresheeth

7. The Secret Visitations of Memory
Omar Al-Qattan
8. Gender of Nakba Memory
Isabelle Humphries and Laleh Khalili
9. Memories of Conquest: Witnessing Death in Tantura
Samera Esmeri
10. The Politics of Witness: Remembering and Forgetting 1948 in Shatila Camp
Diana K. Allan

Afterword. Reflections on Representations, History, and Moral Accountability
Ahmad H. Sa'di


Editorial Reviews

Persuasive, and passionate... [ Nakba] provides a welcome addition to the literature.