9780804773133

Palestinian Village Histories

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804773133

  • ISBN10:

    0804773130

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-04
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

Throughout modern-day Israel, over four hundred Palestinian villages were depopulated in the 1947-1949 war. With houses mostly destroyed, mosques and churches put to other uses, and cemeteries plowed under, Palestinian communities were left geographically dispossessed. Palestinians have since carried their village names, memories, and possessions with them into the diaspora, transforming their lost past into local histories in the form of "village memorial books". Numbering more than 100 volumes in print, these books recount family histories, cultural traditions, and the details of village life, revealing Palestinian history through the eyes of Palestinians. Through a close examination of these books and other commemorative activities,Palestinian Village Historiesreveals how history is written, recorded, and contested, as well as the roles that Palestinian conceptions of their past play in contemporary life. Moving beyond the grand narratives of 20th century political struggles, this book analyzes individual and collective historical accounts of everyday life in pre-1948 Palestinian villages as composed today from the perspectives of these long-term refugees.

Author Biography

Rochelle A. Davis is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Note on Translations and Transliterationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Geographies of Dispossessionp. 1
Village Books: Local Histories, National Strugglesp. 27
Village History and Village Valuesp. 64
Writing a History, Defining a Pastp. 94
The Authority of Memoryp. 122
Mapping the Past: The Village Landscapep. 150
Identities and Historyp. 179
Conclusion: Connecting Geographies of Dispossessionp. 209
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 317
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